Awards and Recognitions


Awards received by Dr. Manibhai Desai

1968Padma Shri for rural upliftment and community development

1977 D. Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Mahatma Phule Krishi VIdyapeeth, Rahuri.

1982 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service being received from Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines in Manila.

1983 Jamnalal Bajaj Award  for application of S and T for Rural Development.

1984 D. Letters (Honoris Causa) by South Gujarat University, Surat.

Major Awards received by BAIF

2017 Vasantrao Naik Puraskar for Excellence in Agriculture among NGOs from Sri. Pandurang Fundkar, Agric. Minister, GoM.

20158th Agriculture Leadership Award from
Shri. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and
Prof. M.S. Swaminathan in New Delhi

2013The Plant Genome Savior Community Award to a Seed Saver Group from Mr. Tariq Anwar, MoS, Agriculture, GoM

2012ICICI Inclusive India Award for Sustainable Livelihoods Impact category (Established NGO) from Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for HRD, in Mumbai.

2012Rojgar Jagrookata Puraskar 2010-2011 for BISLD-Karnataka from Smt. Sonia Gandhi,Chairperson, NAC and Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Prime Minister of India.

2012Sitaram Jindal Prize 2012 for Agriculture, Rural Developmentand Poverty Alleviation from
Sri Sri Ravishankar, Art of Living Foundation.

2011The Times of India Social Impact Award for outstanding contribution to Environment in backward districts of Maharashtra from  Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.

2010Best Water NGO National Award supported by UNESCO and Ministry of Water Resources, GoI, for Revival of Rural Water Resources, Water Harvesting and Water Education in New Delhi.

2008India NGO Award for good governance by The Resource Alliance and N & J Khemka Foundation,
New Delhi.

2007Indira Priyadarshini Paryavaran Puraskar to BISLD Karnataka by Smt. Pratibha Patil,
President of India.

2005Indian Innovation Award for innovative approaches in poverty alleviation from Dr. Abdul Kalam, President of India in Delhi.

1997 Adivasi Seva Sanstha  Award for tribal development in Ahmednagar, Thane and Raigad districts of Maharashtra

1986 Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award. Received by Dr. Manibhai Desai from
Shri. Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India.

1978FICCI Award for Rural Development