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BAIF Bhawan Warje

Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar

Pune 411052




Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  peripheral


THE BAIF MISSION:  BAIF's Mission is to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, especially disadvantaged sections, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through development research, effective use of local resources, extension of appropriate technologies and upgradation of skills and capabilities with community participation. BAIF is a non-political, secular and professionally managed organisation.


To address the problems of the poor families who live in a heterogeneous society, BAIF has developed the following strategy:

* Consider each BPL family as the unit of development

* Multi-disciplinary village cluster development  approach for socio economic development

* Blend development with applied research and training

* Promotion of people's organisations for programme implementation and sustainability

* Ensure empowerment of women, education and community health for better quality of life

* Integrate environmental protection with livelihood programmes


Various programmes are implemented by BAIF and its Associate Organisations in more than 47,000 villages in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand.  The programmes are:

     Livestock Development

     Watershed and Land Resources Development

     Agri-Horti-Foresty for Tribal Rehabilitation

     Empowerment of Women

     Community Health

     Renewable Energy and Environment

     Training in Sustainable Development