Committee on World Food Security

Making a difference in food security and nutrition

Remembering Dr M. S. Swaminathan, Pioneer of agriculture and food security

28 Sep 2023

The Committee on World Food Security is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr M. S. Swaminathan, a revered figure in the realm of agriculture and food security. Dr Swaminathan's lifetime of dedication and groundbreaking contributions have left an indelible mark on the global effort to combat hunger and ensure food security for all.

As the first chairperson of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE-FSN) from 2010 to 2013, Dr Swaminathan played an instrumental role in shaping the panel's mission and vision. He tirelessly championed the cause of sustainable agriculture and equitable access to food resources, earning him the well-deserved title of the “Father of India's Green Revolution.”

Dr Swaminathan's groundbreaking work in developing high-yielding varieties of paddy not only transformed India's agricultural landscape but also set an inspiring example for the world. His commitment extended beyond scientific achievements; he pioneered innovative methods to demonstrate the potential of modern farming techniques to low-income farmers. By establishing model farms and engaging directly with farmers, he bridged the gap of illiteracy and limited formal education, empowering countless individuals to increase their agricultural yields.

The Chairperson of this Committee, Gabriel Ferrero y de Loma-Osorio, shared his reflections on Dr Swaminathan's legacy, stating, “it has been a good, long, and impactful life. Dr Swaminathan's dedication to advancing agriculture and food security has left an enduring imprint on our world. His visionary leadership inspired positive change, not only in India but across the globe.”

Dr Swaminathan's collaborative efforts with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led to the formulation of enduring agricultural policies that ensured long-term self-sufficiency for India, ultimately alleviating the nation's dependence on grain imports. His legacy serves as a reminder of the transformative power of visionary leadership and unwavering commitment.

The Committee on World Food Security extends its heartfelt condolences to Dr Swaminathan's family and loved ones. His contributions will continue to inspire generations of individuals committed to the vital mission of eradicating hunger and achieving global food security.


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