Founder: Mr.C.Subramaniam

A visionary and a statesman

Elder statesman, administrator, social thinker, speaker and writer, Shri C. Subramaniam was first and foremost a patriot devoted, in pre-independence days to the cause of freedom; and later to the development of the country; and the preservation of its rich cultural heritage.

As a member of the Constituent Assembly, he immensely contributed in shaping the Constitution of India. As a major political administrator for more than four decades, he served as the Minister of Finance and Education at the erstwhile Madras State Legislative Assembly and later at the Union Cabinet. He held several important portfolios as a Union Minister like Planning, Defence, notably Food and Agriculture, Steel and Heavy Industries, and Science and Technology. He also held various significant positions like Chairman of Agriculture Commission; Chairman of Aeronautics Commission; Governor of Maharashtra and President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan world wide among others. With his courageous attitude, strategic decision-making abilities and innovative approach; he has left his mark on almost every field of national significance may it be agriculture, finance, science & technology, education, policy-making, steel & heavy industry or national defence.

Among all his significant contributions to our nation-building, he will be gratefully remembered as the Architect of India’s Green Revolution, which transformed the country from a precarious “ship-to-mouth” existence to food surplus nation.

Mr. Subramaniam was awarded with the nation’s highest civilian honour of the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to Green Revlution in India. He is a receipent of Y.B. Chavan Award for National Integration and as well as International honours such as the ‘U Thant Peace Award’ and ‘Borlaug Award’ among others.

As a parting gift to his nation on his 90th birthday, he founded the National Agro Foundation (NAF), with the vision to create a prosperous rural India through rural innovations.

Genesis of National Agro Foundation

The first green revolution was fairly successful in putting the country on a path to self-sufficiency of food by focusing mainly on improving the genetic potential of low yielding varieties to high yielding ones. This was coined as the “Seed to Grain” revolution by Mr Subramaniam. While analyzing the impact of the first green revolution during the 90’s, he observed that it had certain limitations. He felt that it could not help achieve absolute sustainability in agriculture and had only partially addressed the needs of rural India. He felt that the majority of the Indian farmers comprising mainly the small and marginal farmers were not able to reap the actual benefits of first green revolution as they were not capable enough to afford and adopt the capital-intensive agriculture. Farming was increasingly becoming more water and energy intensive, thus making agriculture unsustainable. The Soil health management had also been neglected over a period. While examining the complexities and the challenges of India’s agricultural sector, Mr. subramaniam realised what a population rich country like India needs is a second green revolution, which can create a self-sustaining agri-cycle in rural India; for increasing the food output and availability to masses, without affecting the environmental sustainability .

Thus, he founded NAF to revive rural India with prime focus on sustainable agricultural development. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam succeeded Mr Subramaniam as the Chairman of NAF Governing Council and he held this post till he became the President of India. The Foundation aims at transforming the direction of the Indian agriculture from “production-oriented” to “market-oriented” or in the words of Mr. Subramanian from ‘seed to grain’ to ‘soil to market’ by develpoing an integrated & innovative rural development model which can be replicated across India.

Since its inception in 2000, NAF as a Public Charitable Trust has adopted a multi-pronged rural development strategy encompassing agricultural development, infusion of technology, comprehensive soil health management, efficient farm and water management, lean farming, livestock development, functional literacy, rural sanitation & public health, human resource development, establishment of self-help groups particularly among women, self-employment opportunities, farmers’ federations, farmers’ club and facilitating institutional credit among others to achieve food sovereignty for all and to create a prosperous rural India.


  • NAF Outreach Initiatives began in Maharashtra State
  • MoU signed with M/s VA Tech WABAG for implementing Corporate Watershed Project under their CSR Support
  • MoU signed with M/s Bannari Amman Sugars for implementing Corporate Watershed Project under their CSR Support.
  • MoU signed with Center for Digital Financial Inclusion (CDFI) for development of ICT based Digital Platform for Financial Inclusion of dairy farmers.
  • MoU signed with Institute for Financial Management and Research for Social Research
  • MoU signed with Apollo Tyres for implementing Agriculture Development project under their CSR support
  • NAF collaborates with HCL Foundation as the knowledge partner for their agriculture and rural development initiatives.
  • MoU signed with Larsen & Toubro Ltd. for implementing watershed and natural resources management projects under their CSR support.
  • MoU signed with M/s AVH Chemicals Pvt. Limited for “Watershed and Natural Resource Management program under their CSR support.
  • NAF rural development initiatives launched in Odisha state.
  • NAF empanelled as Resource Institution by Small Farmer Agri Business Consortium (SFAC), Ministry of Agriculture, GoI for promoting and nurturing Farmers Producer Organizations. TNSFAC, Government of Tamilnadu has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with NAF for forming four FPOs in Tamilnadu.
  • NABARD empanelled NAF as one of the Resource Institutions for promotion and nurturing of FPOs in Tamilnadu and a MoU signed with NABARD.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding signed with Tamil Nadu Banana Producers Company Limited.
  • TAFE recognizes NAF as a resource institution for farmers training under their CSR support.
  • Sundram Fasteners joins hand with NAF for training initiatives for rural community.
  • NAF Laboratory Services Division granted accreditation for soil, food and water testing; as per ISO/IEC 17025:2005 International standard by National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for a period of two years from Dec 8, 2014. NAF Soil Testing Lab is the first NGO Soil Testing Lab to get accreditation from NABL
  • NAF empanelled with National CSR Hub coordinated by Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Rural Upliftment Project of NAF received 100% Income Tax Exemption under IT 35 AC, 1961 for the period of the three years 2014-15, 2015- 16 and 2016-17 The National Committee for Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.
  • NAF R & D Centre approved by IGNOU as a Program Study Centre (PSC) for conducting counselling sessions for PG Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management program.
  • NAF Centre for Rural Development Centre approved by IGNOU as a Program Study Centre (PSC) for conducting counselling sessions for Diploma in Watershed Management and Certificate in Rain Water Harvesting and Management programs.
  • NAF Food testing Laboratory has been declared Adjunct Lab for B.E (Agri & Irrigation Engineering) program of Anna University for conducting lab sessions in Food and Nutrition
  • NAF join hands with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) for Agriculture Development Initiatives
  • NAF empanelled as a field partner by iNautix Technologies and their Principals The Bank of New York Mellon Corp Inc (BNYM), USA for the Community Partnership Initiatives
  • NAF reaches out to the rural communities in Andhra Pradesh: Developmental Initiatives undertaken in Sodam Village-Chittoor District with Support from M/s. Chaitanya Builders.
  • NAF recognized as Resource Institution for conducting residential training program for office bearers of Panchayat Level Federation (PLF) by Tamil Nadu State Non Governmental Organisations and Volunteer Resource Centre (TNVRC) supported by Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women, GoTN.
  • Sirunagar Farmers Club promoted and nurtured by NAF receives the coveted State Level Best Farmers Club Award from NABARD
  • Rural Tele-health Project launched in partnership with Medtech Global
  • NAF recognised as Nodal Training Institute for training for agriculture graduates and diploma holders under Agri Clinic and Agri Business Center (ACABC) scheme of Govt. of India and program launched.
  • NAF- IGNOU Community college registered with IGNOU in inaugurated
  • Food Microbiology Laboratory inaugurated at NAF R&D Centre supported by M/s Oriental Cuisines Pvt. Ltd.
  • President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam visited NAF Research & Development Centre
  • NAF Research and Development Centre inaugurated
  • Formation of first self help group facilitated by NAF.
  • First monthly comprehensive health check up at Chunampet village organized
  • MoU signed between NAF and Anna University signed for Joint Research.
  • First Health Camp at Chunampet village organized.
  • First Cattle camp at Gummidipoondi cluster organized
  • First computer based Adult Literacy Program launched at Chunampet village in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
  • First Cattle Development Centre at Gummidipoondi inaugurated
  • First Demonstration Farm set up at Karumbakkam village - yield of Maize improved by 150%
  • NAF registered as a Public Charitable Trust
  • State-of-the-art Soil Testing Laboratory commissioned with support from TIFAC, DST, Govt. of India.


Out Reach


“Achieving better balance between interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of sustainable development – “Eduaction” “Economy” , “Environment” & “Empowerment.”

For us at NAF, sustainable development is about recognizing, understanding and acting on interconnections— between the thematic areas of education, economy , environment andempowerment. In our pursuit to achieve significant and verifiable outcomes across these cross-cutting theamtic areas and to streamline our broad-spectrum interventions we have divided our organisation into multiple divisions comprising:

NAFs' outcomes linked with the UN SDGs

"The world today is a Global Village. The increasingly complex challenges of today, are bigger than any one nation/Government /Organization/ NGO / Business entity. To ensure a sustainable future for all we need to deliver replicable and scalable local solutions for the global challenges through mutually beneficial partnerships. Thus, we at NAF through our various interventions aimed at delivering outcomes playing a crucial role in achieving the following:

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    no poverty
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    Zero Hunger
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    Gender Equality
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    Clean Water & sanitation
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    Responsible Consumption
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    Climate Action
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    Life on land
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    partnerships for the goals

NAF's strategy map


"4E" values which are embedded in every thought and action of NAF

Our Stakeholders

We believe that to find relevant solutions to the interconnected environmental social and economic challenges of present times, effective stakeholder engagement is crucial. To create a sustainable and inclusive development model, it is necessary to involve the most critical component i.e. People. The people, who are involved in our various interventions, who will get affected by as well as affect the intervention activities.


The NAF Advantage

NAF Advantage

Governance Mechanism

NAF is a professionally governed grass-root organization and the core principle defining our origin as well as ensuring our sustainability is “Self-Reliance”. We aim at enabling self-reliant rural India through our various interventions. As a social organization, we acknowledge our responsibilities towards the entire spectrum of our stakeholders and thus, we are committed to maintain highest levels of transparency, integrity, accountability and ethical management practices in our strategy, interventions and organisational culture.

organisational chart
Organisational Chart
trust board members
S. No. Name Brief
Dr. K. S. Subramanian Former I.R.A.S Officer. Formerly Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila. Has 38 years of experience in financial and project management internationally
Dr. N. G. Hegde Former President and Managing Trustee, BAIF, Pune. Currently, Trustee and Principal Adviser of BAIF Development Research Foundation and is a person with rich experience in Sustainable Livelihood and Community Development.
Mr. S. S. Rajsekar Accomplished professional, a first generation entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in real estate promotion and trade. Has been involved in the area ofrural upliftment and social and community development. A proactive Rotarian involved in several socially relevant projects in and around Tamilnadu.
Mr. M. M. Venkatachalam Chairman, Parry Agro Industries & Director, EID Parry India Ltd., Chennai
Mr. M. R. Sivaraman I.A.S (Retd.) Indian Administrative Service (Retd.)
Former Union Revenue Secretary, Government of India Former Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Former Advisor, UN Security Council (UNSC)
Mr. K. Raghavendra Rao Founder- Chairman & Managing Director, Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Brig. (Retd) R I Raghunathan, SM, VSM Highly decorated army officer with 38 years of service in Indian Army. He was a recipient of Seva medals from the President of India. Renowned strategist. Has been in the developmental sector for the past 10 years.
Dr. S. Swaminathan Formerly with Tata Tea (now Tata Global Beverages) as Vice President and Director – Special Projects in charge of CSR. Currently, a honorary consultant to CII and member of CSR Sub Committee.
govering council members
S. No. Name Brief
Council Menmers Mr. N. Ravi Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. Previously, Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Hindu’
Council Menmers Dr.S.V.Balasubramaniam Chairman & Managing Director,Bannari Amman Sugars Ltd., Coimbatore. Leading industrialist especially in agribusiness.
Council Menmers Dr.C.Lakshmanan Director, California Agriculture Consulting Services, USA.
Council Menmers Shri C.Ramakrishna Eminent lawyer and a modern farmer
Council Menmers Dr.Y.S.Rajan Honorary Distinguished Professor at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Govt. of India.Former Principal Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),New Delhi. Has co authored “Vision 2020” with Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, a renowned scientist and former President of India
Council Menmers Ms.Indu Palaniappan Formerly with British High Commission managing International Development Projects. Currently, Director, Chennai
Council Menmers Dr. K. Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor(Ex Officio) A renowned microbiologist recognized internationally. Has been a member of Planning Commission in Tamilnadu Government
Council Menmers Vice Chancellor, Anna University(Ex Officio) Vice Chancellor, Anna University
Council Menmers Dr.V.C. Kulandai Swamy A renowned educationist. Former Vice Chancellor of Anna University Chennai and Indira Gandhi National Open University,New Delhi.
Council Menmers Mrs. Hemalatha Ramamani A successful farmer and Educationist



The challenges and the opportunities of present rural India are bigger than any one Organization / Government / NGO / Business organization. Delivering solutions to the increasingly complex challenges of today, require a combination of multiple skills found in multiple organizations. We need to look beyond our own walls to find partners in social innovation in order to achieve scalable and sustainable results. With an aim to ensure prosperity for all NAF is working in collaboration with many esteemed institutes/corporates/partners including:

Partnerships (MoU) with

Anna University

Working with Govt. agencies:

Anna University

Corporate Partners


To increase our visibility & credibility among our actual and potential supporters/donors/partners and to explore more integrated developmental projects including CSR project we have empanelled with institutions like:

Anna University
GOVT Tamilnadu

We at NAF believe that ensuring quality in all our interventions is crucial to ensure sustainble and replicable results.NAF Laboratory Services Division has been granted accreditation for soil, food and water testing; as per ISO/IEC 17025:2005 International standard by National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for a period of two years from Dec 8, 2014. NAF Soil Testing Lab is the first NGO Soil Testing Lab to get accreditation from NABL.


Key Achievements

  • Direct agri-technology transfer to about 9500 acres of smallholder farms annually
  • Productivity levels of various crops improved by 15 to 50% andsubstantial increase(profit ~ 25-75 %) in family income; cropping area under technology based agriculture increased multifold
  • Watershed development program covering over 8000 Hectares
  • Increase in water table to the tune of 3.5 – 4 m
  • 28,000 lakh litres of water has been conserved annually
  • Cropping intensity increased to 145%
  • More than 7000 crossbred calves born out of artificial insemination program
  • Milk productivity improved to the tune of 300%
  • More than 2000 Self Help Group members benefited through various farm and non-farm based income generation projects.
  • 30 rural children learning through play-way method in NAF model playschool every year since 2004
  • More than 6000 illiterates have become functionally literate
  • 2800 training programs conducted for 72,000 beneficiaries; vocational training on tailoring for 270 rural women and more than 70% of them successfully employed.
  • More than 1400 toilets have been built under total sanitation program
  • 2770 members of rural community covered under social security scheme - LIC Jana Bima Yojna

Overall 40,000 rural families from over 420 villages have benefited from NAF’s interventions

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