Laureate 1999

The 1990 Volvo Environment Prize was awarded to Dr. Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, India, UNESCO-Cousteau Professor in Ecotechnology, for his outstanding research and devoted work in turning Indian food production from a deficit to a much increased supply, combining modern science in plant breeding with appropriate government policy. In his work, Dr. Swaminathan has increasingly integrated the principles of ecological sustainability with those of economic efficiency and social equity in farm technologies with emphasis on the disadvantaged and poor in order to eradicate poverty.

The Prize Jury's Citation:
The 1999 Volvo Environment Prize was awarded to Dr. M.S. Swaminathan because of his achievements as a plant breeder and administrator which led to dramatic increases in crop yields, his international leadership in agriculture and resource conservation, his deep concern for the poor and disadvantaged, and his continuing research and leadership to ensure that they get the opportunities needed to develop in ways that enhance the natural environment on which they depend.