BAIF Development Research Foundation (formerly registered as the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation), is a reputed voluntary organisation established in 1967 by Dr. Manibhai Desai, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, at Urulikanchan, near Pune to promote sustainable livelihood in Rural India.
BAIF is committed to provide sustainable livelihood to the rural poor through management of natural resources and promotion of livestock development, watershed development and agri-horti-forestry as major income generation activities. BAIF is serving over 4.5 million poor families living in 60,000 villages spread over 16 states across the country through the dedicated efforts of over 4500 employees.
The major activities of BAIF are promotion of dairy husbandry, goat husbandry, water resources development, sustainable agriculture and agri-horti-forestry for rehabilitation of tribals on degraded lands and various rural non-farm activities for generating employment for landless families. Environmental sustainability and empowerment of women cut across all these programmes.