A salute to our wonderful women farmers…

On International Women’s Day (IWD) we are saluting the thousands of wonderful women who we have had the privilege to work with at Shivia.

Back in 2011, we launched our livelihood programmes in West Bengal with Poultry Development Services (PDS).  The programme was specifically designed to support women as we recognised the particular circumstances affecting them in the the rural villages near Kolkata – lack of education and public services; lives dominated by gruelling domestic work and child rearing; opportunities to earn denied due to cultural practices that keep women subjugated.

With PDS we want to give these women the chance to take control of their own lives, earn their own money and make spending decisions. Research shows that when women are economically empowered the whole family benefits.

So, to all our women farmers and to the women in our team on the ground in West Bengal, and to women the world over who work tirelessly to care for their families before themselves, we admire and salute you.

Shivia’s work is aligned to a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Goal 5: Gender Equality is a big priority for us. Click below to read more about IWD from our friends at #TOGETHERBAND

11 reasons why we need International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day around the world

Visit Us
Follow Me



(PDS Farmer)

"I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry…


(PDS Farmer)

"I now have a regular income from selling eggs and some chickens.…


(PDS Farmer)

"Before this programme we were struggling to cope and owed a lot…


(AMS Farmer)

"Since joining the AMS programme I have noticed very many positive changes.…

  • Agri-management Services has the capacity to deliver lasting change for our farmers. I have always felt that the farmers feed our nation while they can hardly afford to feed themselves. What an irony. So if my team and I are able to help farmers earn a sustainable income through agriculture, there’s nothing better than this.

    Joe Rao
    Shivia Lead Consultant
  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal