The region of Marathwada in Maharashtra state is evident of social, economic, and environment inequities that are prevalent. Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD) has emerged out of the need to strengthen grassroots development initiatives for promoting sustainable livelihoods.Since 1987, IIRD has been exploring into the area of "self-reliant" development through people’s initiatives focusing on organic agriculture,alternative marketing, appropriate housing, micro-enterprise development,community based health, environmental education and women’s development. Together with the people, IIRD strives to bring about better livelihoods-improved incomes,appropriate housing, better health and nutrition, inclusion of the marginalized - particularly elderly destitute persons and persons with disabilities, and a more sustainable environment.
Mission and Vision
The vision of IIRD is that economic and social justice together with sustainable environment prevails in rural communities of Marathwada region of Maharstra and beyond. With this vision, IIRD along with the rural communities is on a path to explore livelihood alternatives that are inclusive of poor and the marginalized. This path has led so far to the spread of organic farming, alternative marketing channels, community owned collectives, rural enterprises that add value to organic farming, women farmers led biodiversity conservation efforts, community based care of the elderly destitute and the marginalized and improved livelihoods of the small and marginal farmers.
IIRD will continue this path with the communities and even more so in areas such as Marathwada that face critical environmental and social challenges. IIRD will also share the experiences and promote such development interventions in other parts of the country by working in partnership with other development organizations and lobbying for conducive policy changes.