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BAIF Institute for Sustainable Livelihoods and Development (BISLD), is a not-for-profit Organisation registered (Registration No. CIN: U73200PN2012NPL142984) under Section 8 (formerly Section 25) of the Companies Act, 1956 and formally established on April 16th, 2012. BISLD is closely associated with BAIF Development Research Foundation, a reputed Non-Government Organisation founded in 1967 by Dr. Manibhai Desai, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Mission of BISLD is to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through skill development, effective use of local resources, extension of climate smart technologies, facilitation for value chains of farm-produce and community participation.


The programmes of BISLD are being implemented across 13 states of India through a team of senior development professionals and field implementation staff. The operations are spread over the following Regions:

  • Northern Region – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan
  • Eastern Region – Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh
  • Western Region – Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh
  • Southern Region – Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka

The Regional Headquarters are located at Allahabad (North), Hyderabad (South), Ranchi (East) and Nashik (West). The multidisciplinary programmes of BISLD and its Associate Organisations are spread across 250 districts reaching out to over 4 million families.

BISLD is committed to promote sustainable livelihood of the rural poor. With an innovative and integrated approach to rural development and environmental conservation, the flexibility of the programmes enable BISLD to serve the most disadvantaged by addressing the specific needs of each family, village and local area. Community participation is the foundation of all the programmes.

The following programmes are being implemented:
  • Livestock Development: The Dairy Development Programme aims at improving the livestock breed through artificial insemination for enhanced production. Promotion of goat husbandry and backyard poultry for landless, small and marginal farmers is another activity. The key components are:
    • Genetic improvement of livestock through artificial insemination centres, each catering to a cluster of about 12-15 villages
    • Preventive health care and first aid services
    • Promotion of fodder production and feed management
    • Facilitation for developing value chains for both dairy and goat development programmes

  • Natural Resource Management (NRM): Sustainable management of natural resources for sustainable development of community and ecosystem is the key aspect in this programme. The projects under NRM include:
    • Watershed Development
    • Landscape Approach for resource management through convergence of resources
    • Region-specific innovative approaches for water resource management – arid, semi-arid, hill, ravine, Western Ghats, rain-rich areas
    • Promotion of efficient water use technologies
    • Silvipasture for conservation of wastelands and production of fodder
    • Promotion of non-conventional energy such as solar and bio-energy
    • Afforestation, Industrial Greenbelt Development, Environmental Awareness
    • Forest-based livelihood
    • Climate change adaptation and mitigation

  • Climate-Resilience Farming: Based on the resource base of the families and the area, the projects are designed to create a source of sustainable livelihood in the farm. The projects are mainly implemented in the tribal and resource poor areas. The main projects include:
    • Wadi (Agri-horti-forestry based livelihood)
    • Improved agriculture practices for enhanced production and income
    • Sustainable Multi-species Agricultural Resource-use Trials (SMART) for diversified and intensive farming in small plots
    • Climate smart agriculture
    • Organic farming
    • Sericulture
    • Agri-business through local people’s organizations

  • Quality of Life: This programme aims at improving the quality of life of the participant families through preventative health measures and development initiatives as given below:
    • Clean drinking water supply, sanitation, and hygiene
    • Mother and child health care
    • Empowerment of tribal healers
    • Agriculture-nutrition and nutrition supplementation
    • Promotion of backyard gardens for better family nutrition
    • Literacy and education
    • Women Empowerment through
      • Promotion of Self Help Groups of Women
      • Drudgery reduction technologies
      • Empowerment of women through micro-enterprises
      • Linkages for micro-finance

  • Skill Development and Empowerment: Community empowerment, promotion of leadership among community members and skill development for self-employment are the key measures. The important activities include the following:
    • Awareness generation on overall development and entitlements
    • Promotion of People’s Institutions for continued and sustainable development
    • Skill development of rural youth in various farm-based and non-farm vocations

Programme Impact
A family with three milch animals earns an income of Rs. 60,000 - 75,000 per annum while a tribal family through Wadi (Agri-horti-forestry based livelihood) is able to earn Rs. 40,000 - 55,000 per year and come out of poverty. With the increase in cropping area by 20-30%, the watershed development programme generates year-round employment even for landless and increase in crop production by 35-60%. The quality of life of the community especially of women and children has increased with various health measures and development initiatives.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of BISLD comprises of renowned professionals from the development and corporate sectors.
  • Mr. Hrishikesh A. Mafatlal, Chairman
  • Mr. Kishor A. Chaukar, Director
  • Mr. Deepak C. Mehta, Director
  • Dr. Narayan G. Hegde, Director
  • Mr. Girish G. Sohani, Managing Director
Associate Organisations
BISLD works in close association with BAIF Development Research Foundation and implements various field programmes on Rural Development. BISLD also works in close cooperation with other Organisations promoted by BAIF in various states of operation.
  • BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune
  • BAIF Institute for Rural Development - Uttar Pradesh (BIRD-UP), Allahabad
  • BAIF Institute for Rural Vocations and Advancement (BIRVA), Ranchi
  • Maharashtra Institute of Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (MITTRA), Nashik
  • BAIF Institute for Rural Development (BIRD - Hyderabad)
  • Rajasthan Rural Institute of Development Management (RRIDMA), Udaipur
  • Gujarat Rural Institute for Socio-Economic Reconstruction, Vadodara (GRISERV), Gujarat
  • Dharampur Utthan Vahini, Vansda (DHRUVA), Gujarat
  • Society for Promotion of Eco-friendly Sustainable Development (SPESD), Bhopal
  • BAIF Institute for Rural Development - Karnataka (BIRD-K), Tiptur
The major sponsors of BISLD Programmes include Corporate Houses and Foundations, Farmers’ Cooperatives and Government Departments.
Registered Office
BAIF Institute for Sustainable Livelihoods and Development (BISLD)
NH 4, Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar, Warje, Pune 411058
Phone No.: 91-20-25231661-8
Fax: 91-20-25231662
E-mail: bisld@baif.org.in     www.bisld.org.in

BISLD Regional / State Offices:-

Northern Region/UP State:

27A, Tagore Town, A.C. Banerjee Road, Allahabad 211002
Phone : 0532-2466220 Fax : 0532-2465475 E-mail : bisld.north@baif.org.in

Rajasthan State:

BAIF Bhavan, Hiran Magri, Sector 14, Udaipur 313002
Phone : 0294-2640133 Fax : 0294-2640133 E-mail : bisld.rajasthan@baif.org.in

Uttarakhand State:

Sarvpriya Vihar, Near Ramdev Ashram, Kankhal, Haridwar 249408
Phone : 01334-324512 Fax : 01334-240576 E-mail : bisld.uttarakhand@baif.org.in

Western Region/Maharashtra State:

BAIF-MITTRA Bhavan, Behind Bodhale Nagar, Nashik-Pune-Highway, Nashik 422011
Phone : 0253-2416057 Fax : 0253-2416056 E-mail :bisld.west@baif.org.in

Gujarat State:

Indra Complex, Near Amarjyot Society, Manjalpur, Vadodara 390004
Phone : 0265-2654897 Fax : 0265-2651802 E-mail : bisld.gujarat@baif.org.in

Madhya Pradesh State:

E-7/65, Lala Lajpat Rai Society, Arera Colony, Bhopal 462016
Phone : 0755-2461019 Fax : 0755-2428619 E-mail : bisld.mp@baif.org.in

Eastern Region/Jharkhand State:

Farmers’ Training Centre Campus, HEC Sector-II, Dhurwa, Ranchi 834004
Phone : 0651-2444188 Fax : 0651-2444114 E-mail : bisld.east@baif.org.in

Bihar State:

House No.2, Road No. 8, East Patel Nagar, Patna 800023
Phone : 0612-2284326 Fax : 0612-2292486 E-mail : bisld.bihar@baif.org.in

Odisha State:

“Kalyani”, Gandhi Colony, Sarlakani, Dhankauda, Sambalpur 768006
Phone : 0663-2410276 Fax : 0663-2410276 E-mail : bisld.odisha@baif.org.in

Chhattisgarh State:

47, Anand Nagar, Near Shiv Mandir, Raipur 492001
Phone : 0771-4074750 E-mail : bisld.chattisgarh@baif.org.in

Southern Region/Hyderabad, Telangana State

House No. 17-1-382/SN/22, Srinivasa Nagar Colony, Champapet, Hyderabad 500059
Phone : 040-24075405 Fax : 040-24533405 E-mail : bisld.south@baif.org.in

Karnataka State:

‘Kamdhenu’, Sharada Nagar, Tiptur, 572202
Phone : 08134-250658 Fax : 08134-251337 E-mail : bisld.karnataka@baif.org.in

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