The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Dr. Madhura Swaminathan

Chairperson, MSSRF

Madhura Swaminathan is Professor and Head of the Economic Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, and Chairperson of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai. She has a doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford and has worked on issues of food security, agriculture and rural development for over 25 years. She has authored ten books and numerous publications including Weakening Welfare: The Public Distribution of Food in India in 2000 and How Do Small Farmers Fare? Evidence from Village Studies in India in 2017. Her most recent book is on Women and Work in Rural India (2020). She was a member of the Government of India’s High Level Panel on Long Term Food Security, a two-term member of the board of governors of CIP (2002-8) and served on the Committee of Development Policy of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for the period 2013-2015. More recently, she was a contributing author of the Report on ‘Multi-stakeholder Partnerships to Finance and Improve Food Security and Nutrition in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda’ by the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Rome.

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