Farmers and farming are the most affected by either deficiency or excess of precipitation as well as higher mean temperature. Proactive action is needed to help them to meet the challenge of climate change. As I pointed out in my Sardar Patel Memorial Lectures, of AIR in 1973, we need to develop drought, flood, and good weather codes to help to maximise the benefits of good weather and minimize the adverse impact of unfavourable weather. Panchayati Raj Institutions should be fully involved in developing and implementing climate risk management strategies.
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.