New Delhi: TRIFED has carried out several programs and initiatives to improve the livelihoods of tribes and work towards their empowerment. A major game-changing initiative that has been implemented by TRIFED in the recent past is the Van Dhan program, which is spearheading in 25 states and 307 districts with the availability of MFPs as well as a large population. tribal man living in the forest.
In an effort to expand its business and help more tribes, TRIFED signed a memorandum of understanding with RambhauMhalgiPrabodhini- Nation First Policy Research Center (RMP-NFPRC) on December 29, 2021 for a collaborative effort to leverage knowledge, expertise and institutional strengths. The scope of the joint venture will include the following strategic areas:
- Development and execution of research projects around tribal development and related activities.
- Engage in the evaluation and review of existing and upcoming government programs like Van Dhan Yojana.
- Publish research results in the form of joint reports or other publication.
- Promote and disseminate research, lead sessions and meetings with experts on the subject.
- Jointly organize conferences, seminars and other similar research-related activities.
- The exchange of information gives access to staff (s) and to data relevant to current research.
- Forge collaborations with other like-minded entities outside of this agreement, if deemed mutually desirable.
- Allow access to information from regional offices, state executing agencies and other entities relevant to the scope of the project.
The âMinor Forest Products (MFP) Marketing Mechanism through Minimum Support Price (MSP) and MFP Value Chain Development Programâ) have impacted the tribal ecosystem like never before. Implemented by TRIFED in association with state government agencies in 21 states nationwide, the program has injected more than Rs 3,000 crore directly into the tribal economy since April 2020. Supported by the government, in May 2020, the prices of minor forest products (MFPs) have been increased by up to 90% and the inclusion of 23 new items in the list of MFPs, this flagship device of the Department of Tribal Affairs, which draws its force from the Forest Rights Act of 2005 , aims to offer remunerative and fair prices. to tribal gatherers of forest products.
The Van Dhan Vikas Yojana skillfully complements the MSP and has become a source of employment creation for tribal gatherers, forest dwellers and tribal artisans confined to their homes. The objective of the program is to ensure that the proceeds from the sale of these value-added products go directly to the tribes.
TRIFED explores convergences with organizations, governmental and non-governmental and academics, to pursue its mission of tribal empowerment. TRIFED continues to work to generate income and livelihoods for tribal people through flagship programs such as MSP for MFP and Van Dhan Yojana.