Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited (IFFDC) came into existence formally in 1993 although its work had begun in 1986-87. Its promoter, Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), had launched programmes of eco-restoration and wasteland development through farm forestry in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and these programmes were subsequently handed over to the IFFDC for being scaled up and integrated with rural livelihood development and poverty alleviation programmes in the country.
Based on Community Needs, IFFDC has diversified its portfolio and has broadened its focus to include in addition to Farm Forestry and Climate Change, activities such as Watershed Management, Climate Proofing, Nutritional and Economic Security, Livelihoods, CSR initiative, Women Empowerment, Community Institution Building including Farmer Producer Organisations, Skill Development & Income Generation, Seed Production and Agri-Input Supply etc. This has been done by adopting approaches that are participatory in nature and designed to cater to the emerging and evolving needs of the community.
Over the past decade, IFFDC has also expanded its territorial scope of action and started sustained operations in the States of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Assam. With its presence in more than 9,570 villages across 19 States covering all the agro-climatic zones, it has so far implemented rural development projects worth more than Rs. 320 crore.
With the objective to increase crop production & productivity, IFFDC is also undertaking Seed Production and Marketing Programme to provide quality seed and also supplying quality agri-inputs to farmers.