BAIF Development Research Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 1967, operating in 318 districts across in 13 states in India. BAIF has reached more than five million farmers in more than 100,000 villages through its 6000+ member team. Its main focus is on empowering people through sustainable rural and tribal livelihoods. The main domain areas of BAIF are livestock development, tree-based farming and natural resource management. Livestock development is carried out through cross-breeding programmes as well as conservation of pure indigenous breeds of cattle, buffaloes and goats. Tree-based farming ensures year-round income primarily to tribal families through the adoption of agriculture, horticulture and forestry in the same piece of land. Natural resource management covers soil and water conservation through landscape approach and ecosystem restoration.
Apart from these areas, BAIF works on applied research for development on livestock and crops, interdisciplinary areas and emerging technology-based initiatives including information and communications technology (ICT) led interventions. BAIF works on other cross-cutting themes such as climate resilience, biodiversity conservation, community health, gender concerns, value chain development and enterprise promotion.