Peermade Development Society (PDS) is a leading NGO based in Idukki, Kerala working in the areas of sustainable agriculture, rural technology development and transfer, organic farming, natural resource management, bio technology, grassroots innovation, micro finance, enterprise development etc.
Peermade Development Society has been working in the field of grassroots innovation for the past 18 years. The Land to Lab Programme is a novel approach initiated by the core scientists of Peermade Development Society for promoting grassroots innovation by documentation, development, and dissemination. PDS has documented more than 1000 innovations from all over Kerala and 50 innovations documented by PDS have won National Awards from National Innovation foundation. PDS has experimented, evolved and excelled several innovations in its all areas of intervention and these activities are supported and recognized by various national and international agencies which includes Food and Agricultural organization (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Department of Science &Technology (DST), National Innovation Foundation, NABARD etc.
Innovation Science Technology Entrepreneurship Development project (i-STED project) is the endeavor of National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for scaling up and translation of various market feasible technological innovations by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation led enterprises. This program is a focused effort to bring about an inclusive socio-economic development by addressing the challenges associated with a specific region/industry/cluster by connecting interventions of Science and Technology and innovative solutions with entrepreneurial opportunities.
The core objective of the project entitled ‘Rural enterprises based on proven grassroots technological innovations in high risk areas of Kerala’ supported by i-STED and implemented by Peermade Development Society is to create supportive ecosystem for commercializing selected proven grassroots innovation by establishing rural enterprises.