Academic journal article Political Economy Journal of India

Micro-Planning for Natural Resources Management and Livelihood Enhancement- IFFDC Experience

Academic journal article Political Economy Journal of India

Micro-Planning for Natural Resources Management and Livelihood Enhancement- IFFDC Experience

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Mission of IFFDC

Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited (IFFDC) is a multi- state cooperative, promoted by IFFCO (largest Fertilizer Cooperative of the world) undertaking integrated natural resources management, wasteland development through afforestation by promoting Self Help Groups (SHGs) and organizing primary village level cooperative societies by adopting equitable and gender focused participatory approaches for socioeconomic development of the rural community.

"To enhance the socio-economic status of the people through collective action by Sustainable Natural Resources Development".

IFFDC is presently working in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, UttaraKhand, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Tamilnadu and Maharshtra and implementing projects in diversified fields based on important components of rural livelihood development viz Jal (water), Jangal (forest), Jameen (land), Janwar (cattle) and Jan (human being) through its participatory strategies, approaches and tested methodologies and technologies.

The organization has successfully implemented development projects worth more than Rs. 125 crores with the financial assistance from CIDA (Canada), DFID, UK Government, World Bank through Rajasthan Government, USAID through SIFPSA, National Afforestation and Eco Development Board (NAEB), Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, State Governments, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), NABARD, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), ILO and IFFCO as partners on Wasteland Development, Watershed Development, Livelihoods Enhancement, Poverty Alleviation, Community Health Improvement, and Mainstreaming Child Labour by promoting village level community based organizations during the last 14 years.

IFFDC and its five promoted PFFCS have bagged the prestigious "Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award", for their outstanding work on Afforestation and Wasteland Development in different years. It has also been awarded IMC Diamond Jubilee Endowment Trust Award, titled "Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Award--2002" of Indian Merchants' Chamber, Mumbai (IMC) for "outstanding contribution to the cause of promoting the growth of rural economy". Ragoli PFFCS, District Sagar (M.P.) promoted by IFFDC awarded for its outstanding contribution in "Environment Conservation, Wasteland Development and Women Empowerment" by Government of Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal. IFFDC has also bagged twice the "Certificate of Appreciation" of "Corporate Social Responsibility" Award-2004-05 and 2005-06 presented by "The Energy and Resource Institute" (TERI), New Delhi for its efforts initiatives for Corporate Citizenship and sustainability. It has also won "Corporate Excellence Award" coveted by Amity International Business School (Amity University), Noida.

The Primary Farm Forestry Cooperative Society (PFFCS) Model

The PFFCS model was evolved by the IFFDC and adopted widely at village level to develop as a nodal agency for organizing need-based programmes and also to provide a common platform for the rural community to participate in the developmental process. The PFFCS has its general body, an apex body (male and female), which elects executive committee with 33 percent reservation for women, to manage the PFFCS as per its byelaws. The general body is the supreme authority for approval of decision and policy making, while the executive committee (including women also) is responsible to the general body in the preparation of micro-plan, its implementation and monitoring.

Micro Planning--An Approach for Working with Community as Partners

The IFFDC is using participation of community as a means to achieve sustainable development. With firm belief in Participatory Development Approach, IFFDC is making efforts and providing opportunity to the community to set the direction and pace of development by defining their priorities, making related decisions, making plan action and their execution. …

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