Dr. Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, a luminary in the field of agriculture, and the esteemed Founder, Chairman, and Chief Mentor of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation passed away in Chennai, India, on September 28, 2023, at the age of 98.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Swaminathan distinguished himself as a visionary geneticist and plant breeder whose pioneering work revolutionized agriculture. His enduring legacy is properly encapsulated in the title “Father of India’s Green Revolution,” and his unwavering commitment to the advancement of agriculture and unwavering resolve to confront the challenges of food security have left an incredible mark on the world.
With a profound understanding of the intricate web of food production, distribution, and policy, his contributions to the realm of agriculture extended far beyond scientific innovation, making him an influential advocate for sustainable and equitable agricultural practices globally.
Dr. Swaminathan’s memory will forever be a guiding light in the collective pursuit of a more food-secure and prosperous world. His life’s work will be a reminder that, in the face of global challenges, dedication, innovation, and collaboration can pave the way toward a brighter future.
IFDC extends our deepest condolences to Dr. Swaminathan’s family and friends.