National Agro Foundation (NAF) was set up as a Public Charitable Trust in 2000 by Mr. C Subramaniam, Architect of India's Green Revolution and Bharat Ratna Awardee to revive rural India through rural innovations. After his demise Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam was the chairman and he held this post till he became the President of India.Inspired by the opportunity to deliver innovative and replicable solutions to the complex and interlinked socio- economic- environmental challenges of today’s rural India we have articulated an agile strategy with prime focus on advancing and strengthening the interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of sustainable development – “Education” , “Economy” , “Environment” & “Empowerment”.
To create a “Healthy, Literate and Prosperous Rural India”
“Creating replicable models of prosperous rural clusters through ecologically safe, environmentally sustainable farm and non farm sector activities, natural resource management, rural enterprises and human resource development by networking various stakeholders through mutually beneficial partnerships.”
With a vision to enable a prosperous rural India, since our inception, we are consistently working on various interlinked issues that we believe are the biggest barriers to rural prosperity and well – being. To have a snapshot of the progress we have made towards breaking these barriers through our broad-spectrum interventions please click here
Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu Thiru Banwarilal Purohit, launched KANCHI – Kisan AdvaNcement through CasHless Innovation, a digital farmer financial inclusion platform for the benefit of farmers, rural women and their organizations at Raj Bhavan on 14.3.2018. During the occasion, he also distributed the digital share certificates to the members of Farmer Producer Organizations promoted by NAF in Tamilnadu.
We are delighted to share that National Agro Foundation has been awarded First Prize by NABARD for the Best Project Facilitating Agency in Watershed Development Program in Tamilnadu for Nugumbal Watershed. The award was received by NAF team headed by Dr M R Ramasubramaniyan, Executive Director from Thiru O Pannerselvam, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Tamilnadu on 27th March 2018 during the State Credit Seminar organized by NABARD.
We are elated to share that NAF was selected as one of the 10 finalists (and the only NGO) out of the 259 applications received from 61 countries at the tightly contested Ap Agtech Pitch Competition. It is indeed a proud moment for the entire NAF family when Dr M R Ramasubramaniyan, Executive Director, NAF received the certificate from Mr Bill Gates in the august presence of Mr N Chandra Babu Naidu.
On the occasion of 17th Memorial Day of Shri.C.Subramaniam, Founder of National Agro Foundation (NAF); NAF organized a workshop on “Climate Smart Agriculture and Natural Resource Management: A Mitigation Strategy for Climate Change impact on FPOs”. The aim of the workshop was to disseminate various technologies and best practices related to Climate Smart Agriculture and Natural Resources Management amongst the FPOs for their capacity development for climate resilience.
World Food Day is celebrated World Wide to commemorate the founding of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.National Agro Foundation organized a one day event on the theme “Change the future of migration, Invest in food security and rural development” on 27th October 2017 in association with College of Food and Dairy Technology (CFDT)-TANUVAS. The event was purported to play a significant role in creating awareness on the opportunities and benefits of food processing, especially to the rural folks. It attracted people of all economic strata from rural areas who contemplate migration to urban areas in search of livelihood prospects. Techniques in preparation novel and nutritious food products were disseminated and people were encouraged to take up the food business as a potential venture.
NAF signed a memorandum of agreement with TamilNadu Small Farmers Business Consortium (TNSFAC) for promoting Six Farmer Producer Organization (FPOs) in Tamil Nadu on 26.09.2017. The FPOs would be formed in Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Krishnagiri, Salem and Nilgiri Districts for commodities such as Groundnut, Pulses, Millets / flowers, Pulses / vegetables, Pulses / flowers and Tea. This project is expected to benefit 6000 farmers as shareholders and the project would be implemented over a period of three years.