New Delhi (NVI): The Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) today entered into a MoU with Indian Farm Forestry Development Co-operative Ltd (IFFDC) to work together for livelihood generation of tribal people across the country.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED and S P Singh, Managing Director, IIFDC in the presence of Anupam Trivedi, ED, TRIFED, Sangeeta Mahendra, ED (I/C), TRIFED, and Harish Chandra Gena, Chief Project Manager, IFFDC, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs said in a statement
Under the MoU, the two organizations have agreed to partner with each other to organise training programmes for tribal artisans in the area of entrepreneurship skill and business development.
They will also collaborate further to identify and implement CSR initiatives and tribal development efforts.
Other areas of association have been identified through which IFFDC promoted PFFCS/SHGs/CBOs will be linked with TRIFED for collection and marketing of NTFPs/MFPs, the statement said.
“IFFDC will also assist in promoting tribal FPOs and will provide trainings to TRIFED promoted or linked Community Organisations/Members,” it added.
Furthermore, the scope of the agreement will also include any other activity that can be taken up to strengthen tribal livelihoods and entrepreneurship development.
Speaking at the event, Pravir Krishna said that, “TRIFED has been actively exploring convergences with various like-minded organizations to continue our mission towards tribal empowerment.”
“It is our pleasure to engage with a pioneering organization such as IIFDC which has undertaken such meaningful work in the areas of farm forestry and wasteland development. I believe that we can collaborate, by pooling our strengths together and undertake work that will help in boosting the income and livelihoods of the tribal people,” he added.
The ministry further said that with the successful implementation of this collaboration and many more convergences both cemented and upcoming, TRIFED aims to make effect a complete transformation of tribal lives and livelihoods across the country.
TRIFED, as the nodal agency working for the empowerment of tribals, is focusing its efforts on finding new ways to improve the lives and the livelihoods of the tribal people, the statement said.
“As part of its continued efforts, the agency has been partnering with like-minded organisations to create synergies together,” it added.