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Institutional Set-up

by ruchita last modified Jun 03, 2014 12:34 PM

Management Board Members ll Coordination Team


SA PPLPP is a joint initiative of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) of India and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)

The National Dairy Development Board was founded in 1965 to replace exploitation with empowerment, tradition with modernity, stagnation with growth, transforming dairying into an instrument for the development of India’s rural people. NDDB began its operations with the mission of making dairying a vehicle to a better future for millions of grassroots milk producers. The mission achieved thrust and direction with the launching of “Operation Flood” in 1970, a programme extending over 26 years and which used World Bank loan to finance India’s emergence as the world’s largest milk producing nation. Operation Flood’s third phase was completed in 1996 and has to its credit a number of significant achievements. As on March 2009, India’s 1,33,349 village dairy cooperatives federated into 177 milk unions and 15 federations procured on an average 25.1 million litres of milk every day. 13.9 million farmers are presently members of village dairy cooperatives.

Since its inception, the Dairy Board has planned and spearheaded India’s dairy programmes by placing dairy development in the hands of milk producers and the professionals they employ to manage their cooperatives. In addition, NDDB also promotes other commodity-based cooperatives, allied industries and veterinary biological on an intensive and nation-wide basis. The National Dairy Development Board has been constituted as a body corporate and declared an institution of national importance by an Act of India’s Parliament.

Fundamental to NDDB's efforts are cooperative principles and cooperative strategies. It has vast experience in supporting smallholder organisations and facilitating their access to markets and an excellent capacity in research, training and professional and management service.

In 2011-12, NDDB initiated the National Dairy Plan 1 (NDP 1), a scientifically planned multi-state initiative with the objective to increase the productivity of milch animals and thereby increase milk production to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk and provide rural milk producers with greater access to the organized milk-processing sector.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. 

As a knowledge organization, FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods. But this is not a one-way flow. FAO plays a connector role, through identifying and working with different partners with established expertise, and facilitating a dialogue between those who have the knowledge and those who need it. By turning knowledge into action, FAO links the field to national, regional and global initiatives in a mutually reinforcing cycle.

FAO's activities comprise four main areas – serving as a knowledge network, sharing policy expertise, providing a meeting place for member countries, and bringing knowledge to strengthen field interventions. FAO has 191 member nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union.

In India, FAO focuses on five thematic areas – (i) technical assistance and capacity building; (ii) piloting innovative approaches in critical areas; (iii) multilateral collaborations on trans-boundary problems; (iv) harnessing Indian expertise for other developing countries; and, (v) as a policy advocate. Cross-cutting issues such as Gender and Climate Change are also addressed.