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Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), the promoter organization of IFFDC started its farm forestry activities for wasteland development since 1986-87 in the states of U.P., M.P. and Rajasthan which has been handed over to IFFDC in 1995. More than, 28,452 hectares of wastelands have been converted into sustainable multipurpose green forests through 150 village level PFFCS with a membership base of 21,207. Special emphasis has been laid on women participation who is 38% of the total membership.

In the changing scenario of rural development, IFFDC is diversifying its activities by undertaking need based projects in the areas of Livelihood Enhancement, Poverty Alleviation, Natural Resources Management, Watershed Development, Farming System Development, Community Health, Mainstreaming Child Labour, Micro Finance, Rural Entrepreneurship Development, Quality Seed Prodution and Agri-inputs supply etc. also with participatory approaches befitting with the emerging needs of the community by expanding its operations in the states of Uttarakhand, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab also. It has managed various projects worth more than Rs 2200 million and is presently operating in more than 9,410 villages of 14 states of the country covering all Agro-climatic Zones with collaboration of various International and National level funding agencies.

Since 1993, it has successfully implemented various rural development projects with the financial support from CIDA (Canada), DFID, UK Govt., World Bank through Rajasthan Government, USAID through SIFPSA, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) through Govt of Rajasthan, International Labour Organization (ILO) through Govt of M.P., National Afforestation and Eco Development Board (NAEB), Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India, State Governments, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Indian Farmer Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) etc

Area Of Operation

The area of operation is whole of the Indian Union. Presently IFFDC is implementing its activities in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab also.


The target group comprises rural community specially the resource less, deprived rural poor, tribals and main emphasis has been laid on women participation with the pentagonal components of development viz; Jal (water), Jangal (forest), Jameen (land), Janwar (livestock) and Jan (human).

Institution Building

Strengthening the cooperative structure by building people’s capacity and organizing them into Primary Farm Forestry Co-operative Societies (PFFCS) has been one of the foremost concerns while promoting farm forestry and to provide effective platform for addressing various livelihood issues, it has developed Self Help Groups (SHGs), Village Level Cooperative Societies, Jankars (paraprofessionals), Mazdoor Vikas Samuh (MVS), Water User Associations (WUA), Village Watershed Committees (VWCs), Farmers Club, Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs), Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs) etc 

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