MSSRF based in Chennai, India, is one of the largest Non-Governmental Organisations in India focusing on sustainable agriculture and rural development. The overall objective of MSSRF is to foster ecological stability of farming-systems for an improved livelihood of men and women farmers. The biodiversity working group focuses on coastal eco-systems, native herbs and plants as well as agrobiodiversity, particularly in Southern India. The outspoken interest of MSSRF in practice-relevant results for project implementation on-site guarantees the application of transformation knowledge generated by BioDIVA.
MSSRF not only implements projects at a local level but also offers policy advice in the field of agrobiodiversity. Additionally, the organisation plays a crucial role by facilitating logistics in the field, knowledge sharing, networking with political institutions and indigenous communities.
Through the Community Agrobiodiversity Centre in Wayanad, Kerala MSSRF enables access to the research area. The long-standing and trusted working relationships with indigenous groups allow for continuous stakeholder interactions and round tables for validation.