• 1987- IIRD was founded by Dr Alexander Daniel. Encouragement, moral support, and advise was provided by Dr A.A Deshpande, Adv. Padmakar Kekhale, Dr. Ulhas Gawli, Adv. Raosaheb Shinde, Mr. Anil Shinde and Dr Rajnikant Arole, among many others.
  • 1988- Village survey of Paithan Taluka, the project area of IIRD was carried out. Development activities were initiated through adoption of one village in Paithan Taluka, Aurangabad.
  • 1989- A vocational training programme in Carpentry was started with two batches.
  • 1991- The Jeevan Aadhar and Adopt a Granny Programme (Elderly Care) was initiated in 12 villages. The Nutrition Programme was also started in 6 villages. Initiation of the PEACE programmes in the villages which involves non formal education of rural women on various community development issues and basic issues like health, nutrition, child welfare and social issues, establishment of rural women’s groups and selection and training of “Vikas Sevikas” (Field workers and leaders of the rural women’s groups).
  • 1992- The villages under various development activities of IIRD increased to a total of 24 villages. Self Help Groups in the form of “MahilaBachat Gath” were formed in all the villages. A savings programme for the rural women was also started.
  • 1993- The villages under various development activities of IIRD increased to a total of 36 villages of Paithan Taluka. Organic agriculture programmes and environment education was imparted to the rural people. A 6 acre farm land in Babulgaon was purchased and developed into a model organic farm. Parrie Centre for Technology (PCT), centre for vocational education was built during this year within the campus of IIRD. ITI(technical training) vocational courses like masonry, welding, motor rewinding, wireman, two – wheeler mechanic were introduced through PCT. Few of these courses were accredited to YCMOU. IIRD became a member of IFOAM.
  • 1994- A rural housing programme was started this year, under which about 100 small houses were constructed in the rural areas. The villages under various development activities of IIRD increased to a total of 60 villages in Paithan Taluka, Aurangabad District. “Paryavaran Sevikas” or eco volunteers were developed to implement the environment enrichment programme.
  • 1995- The villages under various development activities of IIRD increased to a total of 72 villages in Paithan Taluka, with a staff strength of 40.
  • 1996- The PEACE hostel, a training centre was constructed within the campus of IIRD. Development work was expanded to 84 villages. IIRD also became the Asia coordinating office for IFOAM- Asia. Leadership Awareness and Motivation Programme (LAMP) was organised in every village. The 1-year tailoring and dress making course was initiated this year.
  • 1997- Vocational training course on Basics of computer was started this year.
  • 1998- IIRD becomes a member of IUCN. Ten - year anniversary of IIRD was celebrated. IIRD developed the National Voluntary Standards for Organic Agriculture. The administration building was constructed in the campus of IIRD during this year.
  • 1999- IIRD receives the SARD (Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development) award. Organic Bazaars – an alternative marketing programme for small farmers was initiated in Aurangabad, to directly link the farmers and consumers.
  • 2000- Seed banks were established at all the six Community Learning Centres. Development of an organic agriculture production manual in cooperation with agriculture universities of Maharashtra. The concept of community certification for organic production especially for small and marginal farmers was developed.
  • 2001- The first National Conference on Organic Agriculture was organized at IIRD’s campus in Bidkin. The concept of bio-dynamic agriculture was introduced by Peter Proctor, New Zealand to IIRD who also trained a number of women farmers on bio-dynamic agriculture.
  • 2002- IIRD promoted the concept of organic agriculture, PGS and organic bazaars to other States of India like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • 2003- IIRD started working in other districts of Marathwada region of Maharashtra. These districts include Beed, Hingoli, Parbhani and Jalna.
  • 2004- IIRD started the organic retail outlet - Organic Link in Aurangabad city.
  • 2005- The second National Conference on Organic Agriculture was organized by IIRD in its campus. Dr. Alexander Daniel, Founder of IIRD passes away.
  • 2006- National level training programmes on organic agriculture, PGS and organic bazaars were organised.
  • 2007- IIRD organizes the first PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) National Level Conference.
  • 2008- PGS Network is formed with a membership of 14 organizations.
  • 2009- Farmers Clubs consisting of mainly rural small and marginal farmers is initiated in Marathwada region. 47 farmers clubs are formed.
  • 2010- The concept of revolving fund for rural enterprises like drip irrigation, vermi-compost units, CPP, etc was initiated. IIRD receives the “Krishi Bhushan Award” from the Government of Maharashtra.
  • 2011- IGNOU certificate courses on Water Management and Organic Agriculture was started. IIRD facilitates the formation of a Producer Company comprising of rural farmers called “Mahagreen Producer Company”. The Producer company has about 1100 members and an all women board of Directors.
  • 2012 - IIRD implements a programme for construction of 48 houses for the rural poor in the villages of Paithan Taluka.
  • 2013 –A new programme on water conservation and management was initiated in selected 17 drought prone villages in 5 districts of Marathwada. Initiated solar lighting in 5 villages of Aurangabad district.
  • 2014 - IIRD gets selected as an implementing organization of the Maharashtra Government for its Integrated Water Management Programme (IWMP). Another programme on household toilet construction was implemented in Tondoli village to make it an open defecation free village. 200 such toilets were constructed.
  • 2015 - Maharashtra Gene Bank (MGB) Programme, a 5-year programme to document the biodiversity in six districts of Maharashtra, begins.
  • 2016 –Household toilet construction programme in different villages of Paithan Taluka – 675 more household toilets were constructed in addition to construction of toilets in 13 rural schools. A CSR activity to construct check dams and sunken ponds in 3 villages of Aurangabad district begins.Introduced the water wheel for the first time in Marathwada region that has facilitated 500 households to easily transport water from long distances.
  • 2017 –IIRD develops a partnership with “The Green College Initiative”with an aim to train and build rural entrepreneurial skills among 3000 youth in Aurangabad and Pune districts.
  • 2018 – More than 10,000 rural enterprises have been developed since the inception which includes goat rearing, backyard poultry, small scale dairy, vermi-compost, small scale agri -processing units, drip irrigation and vegetable cultivation, grocery and stationary shops, bio input production units, carpentry shops, welding shops, motor rewinding shops, tailoring and small scale boutique units, garments and accessories shops, organic farming and animal husbandry. Tree plantation of about 5000 seedlings in school premises, and villages in the project area.In addition enabled the construction of 10 check dams, 3 gabion bunds, 3 farm ponds, 4 sunken ponds, deep continuous contour trenches of 300 hectare as well as facilitated rain water harvesting of 3 schools and ensured the deepening, widening and de-silting of 24 streams.
  • 2019 – A modern nursery unit comprising of poly house, shade net and hardening area with a capacity for 3,00,000 vegetable and horticulture seedlings was established.