PNASF is a Charitable Trust
registered with the Government of Karnataka, India
during December 1999 and was activated in June 2000. It
is established to assist and encourage Indian
agricultural scientists to address India’s agricultural
problems and at the same time use their skills for the
benefit of developing countries. It facilitates
interaction of knowledge and ideas among leading
professionals in agriculture, development and planning,
on issues of national and international importance
related to agriculture and food.
The technical activities of the PNASF is implemented and
monitored by a TECHNICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL guided
by SENIOR SCIENTIFIC COUNCILLORS as advisors.
Despite the changing economic kaleidoscope and the
transformation of agriculture into a dynamic production
sector in the last half century, the numbers of the
poor, the landless and the hungry continue to increase
in Third World countries. Given the likelihood of
further increases in population, if all are to be fed,
agricultural output must be tripled over the next half
century and people must have incomes to purchase food.
Erosion of the resource base has to be stemmed and then
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand
Insignia from the HRH Princess Maha Chakri
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Attavar, Bengaluru, HSH Prince Bhisatej Rajani,
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Although sustainable agriculture and food security are
considered vital aspects of human security, farm
productivity is held back in many developing countries,
whose competitiveness in the world market is undermined
and whose prosperity is impeded because agricultural
research and extension services are not receiving the
adequate national and international support they need.
Recognizing the importance of the above, PNASF strives
to support and complement country efforts to meet the
agricultural needs of the growing population.
For PNASF, the term ‘agriculture’ includes production
and management of all crops (cereals, legumes,
vegetables, fruits, flowers, industrial crops) and of
small livestock. The priority programme areas are
germplasm resources, genetics and breeding,
agro-techniques, pre- and post-harvest technology,
marketing, etc. geared towards people-centered
sustainable agriculture in which farmers and the rural
poor are the primary foci. It also includes food and
nutrition security, and women-in-agriculture and
How to participate in the PNASF programme?
PNASF welcomes proposals for assistance through small
funds in agriculture. Proposals may come from
individuals or institutions or agricultural science
societies and cover topics ranking high among priorities
of national importance. They must be endorsed by the
Head of the Institutions before they can be considered
by the Board of Trustees.
In order to contribute to the PNASF and avail of its
facilities, the registration form needs to be completed.