Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection presented

Cultivating Sweet Potato wins accolades and Award for

“Dr. Maria Isabel Andrade”

 Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection presented

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan is giving away the Award to Dr. Maria Isabel Andrade. Rtn. Ramakrishnan, Mr. S. Abhaya Kumar Jain, Rtn B. S. Purshotham, President, RCME, Rtn. R. Srinivasan, RI Dist. Governor, Dist 3232, Rtn Papa Rao, Secretary, RCME are present.

 The Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) today presented the prestigious “Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection 2017” to Dr. Maria Isabel Andrade, a renowned agricultural scientist from Mozambique, Africa & winner of The World Food Prize, 2016, The Award is presented to an individual, company or NGO which has contributed directly or indirectly, to heightening environmental protection and awareness, in any part of the World.

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, ‘Indian Father of Green Revolution’, Rtn. R. Srinivasan, RI Dist. Governor, Dist 3232, Guest of Honour, were present along with Rtn B. S. Purshotham, President, RCME,  Rtn. C. K. Ranganathan, CMD, Cavinkare Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. S. Abhaya Kumar Jain, Industrialist & Social Educationalist.

Rtn B. S. Purshotham, President, RCME said, “This Award is to recognize Dr. Maria Andrade’s significant contribution as an Agronomist for well over three decades. Her dedication and hard work has made the development of root and tuber crop in Africa impacting millions of farmers. Dr. Maria Andrade has provided leadership to the Mozambican national root crops program and created a seminal impact in identifying, developing and implementing research and development projects.”

He added, “Her work at the Sweet Potato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) Southern Platform bringing together sweet potato breeders from various African countries had served to heighten visibility and impact in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Maria Isabel Andrade’s contribution has been globally recognized through the conferment of the 2016 World Food Prize among several awards.”

About the Award

Rotary Club of Madras East has  conducted various programs under the active guidance of and participation by eminent scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan  pertaining to sustainable development, empowering rural women, food security, environment protection and renewable energy, to name a few. The Club has also been privileged to recognise various noteworthy individuals and organisations with this eponymous award in the past 20 years. The club has been partnered in the issuance of this award in the past few years by CavinKare, headed by its Chairman Mr. C. K. Ranganathan, a leading manufacturer of fast-moving consumer goods in the fashion and food sectors.

 About Rotary Club of Madras East:

Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) is among the most active clubs in the Rotary District 3232 and is the second largest in Chennai, comprising over 140 members. RCME is involved in a number of noteworthy projects in the areas of poverty alleviation, social upliftment, education and health for underprivileged strata of society such as slums, corporation school children and indigent farmers. For these impactful activities, the Club has been recognized by the State, the Rotary District as well as Rotary International.


Aug 10, 2017
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