The enormous achievements of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan towards agricultural renaissance of India are indeed well known world wide. He has been the main architect of “Green Revolution”. A great visionary and crusader, Dr. Swaminathan is currently a staunch advocate of sustainable agriculture as well as “Ever Green Revolution”, needed for ensuring future household food and nutritional security. In recognition of his outstanding contributions he was awarded the first World Food Prize, the Ramon Magsasay Award and many other national and international honors. He was acclaimed by the Time Magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th Century, one of the three from India – the other two being Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.
The Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences has instituted an Award in the honor of Dr. Swaminathan. The prestigious Award was instituted in 2004 with the objective to recognize life time contributions of eminent persons who have made great impact in the field of agriculture globally, and for overall food security and sustainability of agriculture in India.