MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) with its headquarters at Chennai and 18 field centres in different regions of India is a high credible organisation in the area of sustainable agricultural and rural development. The organisation has a blazing track record in the area of sustainable agricultural and rural development with a focus on poverty reduction and food & nutrition security. Some of the efforts in this area of intervention are: (i) joint mangrove management through community capacity building and mobilisation; (ii) bio-shield development and management that are integrated with livelihood development;(iii)agro-aqua livelihood system focusing on coastal agro forestry, mangrove silvo-fishery system and sea water farming. MSSRF’s studies and interventions in biodiversity show integration of scientific and local community knowledge and practices is absolutely necessary to produce meaningful results in resource management and poverty reduction as well as long term benefits to the society.
The principal leadership for the team is from Prof. M. S. Swaminathan who is assisted by a group of senior level scientists of MSSRF from the subject area of Biodiversity research and community biodiversity management. Besides, project advisory committees comprising 5-7 members are constituted with national level expertise in the subject areas of climate change, coastal agriculture, inland fisheries, water management, Land Use & GIS, climate change adaptation and community development for all the major projects that are operated by MSSRF.
1. Alleviating poverty and malnutrition - APM Project: The Alleviating Poverty and Malnutrition (APM) Project is a development research project funded by IDRC. The project investigates the extent to which integrated agriculture can contribute towards alleviating poverty and malnutrition among small farm families in India.The APM Project has been jointly designed by natural and social scientists from the M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada with the purpose of resolving the enigmatic contradiction between prosperity of nature and poverty of people in India.
2. Leveraging Agriculture in Nutrition in south Asia (LANSA): The LANSA Project is an international research programme consortium (RPC) supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), Government of UK. MSSRF is the lead partner of the Consortium. The other partners are: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA; Institute of Development Studies, UK; Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), UK; BRAC, Bangladesh; Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR), Pakistan. We are finding out how agriculture and agri-food systems can be better designed to advance nutrition. We are focused on policies, interventions and strategies that can improve the nutritional status of children in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan).