MSSRF has operationalised a project funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, New Delhi, to establish a Biotech KISAN hub in the aspirational districts of Eastern plateau and hills in Odisha and Western Ghats in Kerala with a focus to improving farming practices, sustainable use of soil and water and to create access to rural processing technologies, value addition and markets. The project main hub is established in MSSRF, Chennai, Sub Hub – I in MSSRF Tribal Agrobiodiversity centre (TAbC), Jeypore to implement to project activities in the Malkangiri, Rayagada and Koraput in the aspirational districts of Odisha and Sub Hub- II, in MSSRF, Community Agrobiodiversity centre (CAbC), Wayanad in the aspirational district of Wayanad, Kerala. The hub creates a platform for knowledge sharing between farmers and scientists to address location-specific problems in collaboration with Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (IISWC), Regional centre, Sunabeda, Koraput and Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode (http://mssrfbiotechkisanhub.org)
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.