The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) came into existence in 1987.
It is a national-level apex organization functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India.
The ultimate objective of TRIFED is socio-economic development of tribal people in the country by way of marketing development of the tribal products on which the lives of tribals depends heavily as they spend most of their time and derive major portion of their income.
The approach of marketing development of tribal products envisages TRIFED’s role as a facilitator and service provider.
The philosophy behind this approach is to empower tribal people with knowledge, tools and pool of information so that they can undertake their operations in a more systematic and scientific manner.
After the new Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, 2002 came into force, TRIFED amended its Bye-Laws w.e.f. 2.4.2003 and started functioning as a Service provider, Facilitator, Coordinator and a Market Developer for tribal products instead of its earlier activity of procurement and sale of Minor Forest Produce & Surplus Agricultural Produce.
Formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and imparting training to them for undertaking a particular activity.
Exploring marketing possibilities in national as well as international markets.
Creating opportunities for marketing tribal products on a sustainable basis.
Creating a brand and providing other services.