Peermade Development Society (PDS) is a registered non –governmental organization in Peermade, Kerala, established in 1980. PDS has grown since then and has become one of the largest voluntary organizations in India. Highly experienced and qualified professionals head its 18 departments.
PDS is known for its work in the sustainable development of the rural population living in poverty, tribal communities, marginalized small farmers, women and children through developing various indigenous, community based and people participatory developmental programs. A significant achievement is that all the programs of PDS are implemented only through their micro organizations in the villages. They have established 1945 self-help groups, 740 joint liability groups and a couple of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
Its R&D focus covers tribal development, organic farming, natural resource management, watershed development, renewable energy, climate change, food security, micro finance, skill development, entrepreneurship development, technology development and dissemination, formation of micro level organizations, community health and waste management.
PDS is the Centre of Excellence and nodal agency for the Ministry of Science & Technology of Indian Government and conducts various research programs with its support. Department of Scientific & Industrial Research of Indian Government has recognized PDS as a Scientific research organization. PDS is the first NGO in Asia to be awarded the Benefit Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture for Food Security Programs. PDS is the national collaborator for National Innovation Foundation of Govt. of India. Ministry of Rural Development has recognized PDS as the Technology Resource Centre. PDS is the first NGO in Kerala to be awarded Tribal Development Fund from National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and is the only non-official member of its Project Sanctioning (approval) Committee. PDS is recognized for its scientific pursuit and is bestowed with the responsibility of organizing the Kerala Science Congress by STEC, State government of Kerala.
Peermade Development Society has launched a ‘Start Up Project’ (incubator) for converting grassroots innovation (innovations from informal sector) into rural enterprises. Department of Science and Technology under its i-STED (Innovation –Science, Technology Enterprise Development) has given a financial grant for converting grassroots innovation into rural enterprises. Under this program, rural entrepreneurs in the remote hilly areas are identified and trained in starting enterprises based on the grassroots innovations.
PDS has almost 3000 small organic spice and tea farmers in Farmers’ consortiums and is the largest exporters of Organic Spices in India. They work closely with Khadi Board and Kerala State Backward and Minorities Commission. PDS also owns and operates an Organic tea factory and a big portion of its produce is exported for its quality.
Its meticulous approach and dedication to its projects have attracted many national and international agencies to come forward to support PDS. It has developmental programs from UNDP, UNESCO, FAO, BMZ, GIZ, Positive Planet, and Karl Kubel Foundation. PDS also enjoys support of various ministries and departments of Central and State Governments of India.
PDS has established excellent research facilities covering soil and leaves analysis, microbiology laboratories, mushroom production, tissue culture laboratory, spices quality testing and evaluation, Ayurveda medicine manufacturing and quality testing as well as skill development infrastructure.
PDS has an Ayurveda treatment center with serene accommodations where retreats can be hosted. There is an Ayurveda medicines manufacturing unit that produces many classic Ayurveda formulations, highly valued for their quality. PDS also offers certificate courses in Ayurveda. There is also an out patient clinic with in-patient facility.
PDS’s Marian College is known for its academic excellence and is one of the most sought after colleges in the state of Kerala.