New initiatives have been taken up in emerging thematic areas including Renewable Energy, Information and Communications Technology and Bio-recycling.

Integrated Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture (IRESA

It is a complete package of activities around the central theme of household level biogas units. The focus is on optimal use of existing resources for sustainable energy generation for cooking and value added organic manure production for soil fertility. The approach enables the farmers to fulfill the energy and soil nutrient requirements through the following measures:

  1. Introduction of pre-fabricated biogas technology, which is compact, standardised, failure-proof and clean.
  2. Reducing carbon emission by saving on firewood and trapping methane from cow dung and using it for cooking purpose.
  3. Introduction of an integrated package consisting of a well-tested, low cost, in-house developed slurry filter, affecting upto 50% water recycling and better slurry handling.
  4. Integration of composting and vermicomposting using sludge and other biomass for enhanced production of quality manure resulting in avoiding use of chemical fertilisers.
  5. Establishment of decentralized enterprise model for biogas plant based PROM production.
  6. Guiding farmers on downstream production of cash crops on intensive small plots for higher earnings.
  7. This technology package makes possible Environmental Gains such as reduced Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Over 300 installations have been achieved across BAIF project areas.

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Phosphate Rich Organic Manure (PROM): This is an alternative to chemical fertilisers, which is made by giving suitable training and guidance to Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). The IRESA model is designed to be made operational as a rural social enterprise. The value added product of IRESA is called Phosphate Rich Organic Manure (PROM). PROM is produced by co-composting of high grade (32% P2O5) rock phosphate in very fine size with the digested slurry cake from biogas plant.

The PROM production, introduced as an enterprise mode and as a rural setup entails technical support for installation of the requisite machine, training of farmers in PROM production and quality assurance. BAIF has commissioned PROM enterprise at Nashik, Nandurbar, Maharashtrs and Navsari, South Gujarat. To view BAIF-PROM enterprise video, Click here…

Sustaining our blue green planet: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were a universal call for action to end poverty and protect the planet. These 17 Goals were built on the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are inter-connected – often the key to success of one involves tacking issues more commonly associated with another goal.

Contribution of BAIF’s Programmes to the United Nations SDGs

BAIF Programmes directly address the following six SDGs:

SDG 1:

Combating poverty

SDG 2:

Ending hunger by achieving food security and improved nutrition

SDG 8:

Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and productive employment opportunities

SDG 10:

Reducing inequality

SDG 13:

Combating Climate Change and its impacts

SDG 15:

Protection and Promotion of sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems: Manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation

BAIF programmes also contribute substantially towards meeting the following five SDGs:

SDG 3:

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well being

SDG 4:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 5:

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls

SDG 6:

Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water

SDG 16:

Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development