TRIFED Signs MoU with IIT Delhi -Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)
A tripartite MOU was signed between TRIFED, IIT (on behalf of the UBA, as the National Coordinating Institute) and Vigyan Bharati (VIBHA, a Swadeshi Science Movement) on July 24 2020.
The partnership will take Research and Development to tribal Villages through the VanDhan Clusters spreading fast in the country.
Tribal entrepreneurs under TRIFED’s VanDhan programme will now be able to get access to the expertise of the entire network of 2600 + academic and research institutions under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).
Together with IIT Delhi, the “National Coordinating Institute (NCI)” for Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)” TRIFED envisages promoting Tribal Livelihoods and Income generating programmes through synergistic collaboration among the concerned Ministries, District Administration, local Panchayat Raj Institutes (PRIs), Voluntary Organisations, other stakeholders, as well as the other participating institutions.
In particular, this partnership can help promote enhancing livelihoods through the Van Dhan Vikas Kendras established under the Van Dhan Yojana. TRIFED is implementing the Van Dhan Yojana (VDY), a programme for value addition, branding amd marketing of MFPs by establishing Van Dhan Kendras of around 300 tribal members each across the country to facilitate creation of sustainable livelihoods for the forest-based tribal gatherers. In a typical Van Dhan Kendra, the tribal beneficiaries are expected to create an enterprise, which would be involved in all related aspects from collection of forest produce, training of tribal beneficiaries, value-addition and processing and packaging.