IIT Kanpur


TRIFED has launched a game changing, unique initiative (along with the support of Ministry of MSME) named "Tech for Tribals" that is aimed to transform 5 crore Tribal Entrepreneurs.

TRIFED  is partnering with institutes such as IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Roorkee, IIM Indore, Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), Bhubaneshwar and SRIJAN, Jaipur in the first phase of organising tribal entrepreneurship and skill development program.

Tech for Tribals, an initiative of TRIFED supported by Ministry of MSME, aims at capacity building and imparting entrepreneurship skills to tribal forest produce gatherers enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri VanDhan Yojana (PMVDY).  The trainees will undergo a 30 days program over six weeks comprising 120 sessions.

TRIFED will establish 1,200 "Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVK)”, across 28 States engaging 3.6 Lakhs Tribal Forest Produce gatherers. One typical VDVK comprises of 15 Self Help Groups, each consisting of 20 Tribal gatherers.

The programme aims at providing skill upgradation and capacity building of VDVK lead members.
Under the Tech for Tribals programme, the partners will develop course content relevant to Entrepreneurship in Value Addition and Processing of Forest Produces. The course curriculum will include Achievement Motivation and positive psychology, Entrepreneurial Competencies, Identification of locally available NTFP based Business Opportunities, Round the Year capacity utilisation, Product positioning - Grading / Sorting, Branding, Packaging, Product certifications, Bankable Project Report preparation, Market Survey, Business Plan Preparation, Distribution Channels- Retail sales, supply contracts with manufacturers, Good Manufacturing Practice(GMP), Total Quality Control(TQC), Hygienic Operations management, Operational and Financial statements, Business Strategy & Growth, Digital literacy and IT adoption, etc.  

The Tech for tribals capacity building programme will ensure higher success rate of the Tribal Entrepreneurs by enabling and empowering them to run their business with marketable products with quality certifications.
VanDhan products will be marketed through all available distribution channels.