The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has named Prof.M S Swaminathan and Ms Saina Nehwal, Badminton player and Olympic Medalist, ICRISAT Ambassadors of Goodwill. As Ambassadors, they have agreed to champion the institute’s mission to make a difference by promoting science based agricultural solutions in the fight against poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics of the world. “ICRISAT plays an important role in achieving sustainable food, nutrition, economic and environmental security in the dryland tropics focusing on the need to empower resource poor farmers in a marginalized environment. I am therefore pleased and proud to be an Ambassador of Goodwill for the works and initiatives of ICRISAT”, said Prof. M S Swaminathan at the ceremony in Hyderbad on July 14, when the recognition was conferred on them by ICRISAT Director General Dr William D Dar.
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.