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.
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 developing 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.
“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 and empowerment. In our pursuit to achieve significant and verifiable outcomes across these cross-cutting thematic areas and to streamline our broad-spectrum interventions we have divided our organisation into multiple divisions comprising:
"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:
"4E" values which are embedded in every thought and action of NAF
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.
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.
|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.|
|Mr. N. Ravi||Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. Previously, Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Hindu’|
|Dr.S.V.Balasubramaniam||Chairman & Managing Director,Bannari Amman Sugars Ltd., Coimbatore. Leading industrialist especially in agribusiness.|
|Dr.C.Lakshmanan||Director, California Agriculture Consulting Services, USA.|
|Shri C.Ramakrishna||Eminent lawyer and a modern farmer|
|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|
|Ms.Indu Palaniappan||Formerly with British High Commission managing International Development Projects. Currently, Director, Chennai|
|Dr. K. Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor(Ex Officio)||A renowned microbiologist recognized internationally. Has been a member of Planning Commission in Tamilnadu Government|
|Vice Chancellor, Anna University(Ex Officio)||Vice Chancellor, Anna University|
|Dr.V.C. Kulandai Swamy||A renowned educationist. Former Vice Chancellor of Anna University Chennai and Indira Gandhi National Open University,New Delhi.|
|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
Working with Govt. agencies:
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:
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.
Overall 40,000 rural families from over 420 villages have benefited from NAF’s interventions
Recently NAF was conferred an “Appreciation Award”, by San Francisco Bay Area Tamil Manram for undertaking repair works of traditional water bodies affected by the floods in the rural parts of Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur Districts , as part of Chennai Flood Rehabilitation Program.
During December 2015, Tamil Nadu State experienced an unprecedented flood situation with incessant rainfalls. Apart from Chennai, many rural areas in Tamil Nadu including the agriculture-rich coastal districts of Cuddalore, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Thoothukudi districts suffered extensively in the floods. One of the impacts of floods was that the water bodies of villages including lakes, tanks and water ways like drainage channel etc. got severely damaged due to heavy flow of water.
Keeping in view of the above, National Agro Foundation (NAF) in collaboration with Bay Area Tamil Manram ( BATM) undertook repair works of traditional water bodies affected by the floods in the rural parts of Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur Districts in order to rehabilitate them for future use. The focus was predominantly on repairing of boundaries of water bodies as well as clearing the drainage channels so that future flow of water can be regulated and the cropped area can be prevented from inundation.
Sixteen years after his passing away at a ripe age of 90, Chidambaram Subramaniam, fondly known as CS, was now conferred with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for authoring India’s Green Revolution in the early 1960s. “Authored the first and second Green Revolution of India and transformed the direction of the Indian farmlands from ‘seed to grain’ to ‘soil to market’ thus financially empowering the farmers, said the award citation presented to CS’s son Mr. Rajsekar by the Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Trust in Chandigarh recently.