“India lives in villages”. But . . . Do you know?
Almost 73% of the Indian households are in rural areas?
In rural areas, only 56% of births are attended by skilled health personnel?
About 16% of the rural population do not use improved drinking water sources?
50% of people living in rural areas lack improved sanitation facilities?
By 2030, demand for food will increase by 35%, water by 40% and energy by 50%?
70% of the world’s food is produced by rural communities farming small plots of land?
Almost three fourths of the rural households live with a monthly income of less than Rs 5000?
More than half the rural households do not own land?
The income of an average person in rural India is less than even half of her urban counterpart?
About 400 million workers in the informal economy are at risk of falling deeper into poverty during the Covid-19 crisis?
NABFOUNDATION is committed towards making
a difference through bold and collaborative
projects which make a dent on inequality and
poverty in India’s villages.
What are UN'S Sustainable
Development Goals?
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in September 2015 by the member states of the United Nations, is an action plan for people, planet and prosperity. It includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.
They balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. They rely on partnerships, thus requiring everyone to work together: business, governments, NGOs and civil society.
aligned to UN’s SDGs?
As a growing organisation, we understood the need to adopt a language that is universally spoken. Each of our projects being planned currently by NABFOUNDATION has its own set of implications for the SDGs. And they are all focussed upon leveraging the power of convergence.
Indeed, convergence : the inevitable route for meaningful and sustainable development.

No Poverty : The stress on rural livelihoods may have come to the forefront due to the increasing pressure on agriculture and farmer suicides but we have known for the longest time the criticality of encouraging livelihoods to make a dent on rural poverty. For the nearly 14.5 crore farmer households in the country, each cropping season comes with numerous uncertainties.
One of the primary reasons behind NABARD’s decision to create NABFOUNDATION was to provide a multi-partner approach in selection and implementation of agri-related development projects.
Gender Equality : From launching the world’s largest micro finance programme, which primarily focussed on rural women to ensuring that women are the focal point of various skilling programmes, we are committed to the empowerment of the rural woman. In an endeavour to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, NABFOUNDATION is leaving no stone unturned to create employment opportunities for women farmers and empower them as decision-makers in agricultural activities.
Clean Water and Sanitation for All : Water, sanitation, and hygiene are an integral part of NABARD's core intervention. Replicating the initiatives of our parent body, NABFOUNDATION prioritizes water-related SDGs in the drought-prone areas of the country through convergence. We strive to ensure the availability, sanitation and sustainable management of clean water for rural India.

In our endeavor to ensure clean water and good hygiene, we focus on improved access to drinking water and menstrual hygiene management which is perhaps the biggest missing link across lakhs of villages in India.

Decent work and economic growth : We are committed to organizing skill trainings which matter, and have clear marketing linkages and have the potential of emerging as a key component in the overall value chain dynamics of a product or a service. We understand that poor marketing has very often been the very bane of skilling programmes and therefore, we carry out marketing tie-ups before planning any skilling programmes.
In line with the UN’s mission to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and productive employment, we encourage technology adoption in one of the most labour-intensive sectors in developing nations, to increase agricultural and economic efficiency.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure : Taking the Credit+ approach of NABARD forward, as a Foundation we are geared towards bringing farmer collectives closer to industry through agro processing and adoption of new innovations in association with agri start-ups and rural innovators which promise to alter the face of Indian agriculture. Our projects are aimed towards capacity-building and market linkages for the Indian farmer community. This comprises encouraging new farmer collectives as well promoting best practices among the old FPOs
As an add-on, at a policy level, we are also committed to providing viable marketing platforms to rural innovators which will work towards building market linkages across the country.
Partnerships to achieve the SDGs : We work with NGOs, government departments, and other organizations to connect with people locally and globally. The phenomenal 6000+ network of civil society organizations of NABARD allows us to reach out to organizations with the right skills and experience.
Our mandate allows us to engage with not just NGOs, but a vast array of development partners like Central and State governments, banks, multilaterals, bilaterals, agri universities and a host of other channel partners.