Agri-Management Services

Helping families to earn an income from the land


What is Agri-Management Services (AMS)?

AMS provides training and advice to farmers who have access to a small but unproductive plot of land. The programme includes soil testing; crop selection; access to wholesale markets for inputs (eg. seeds); advice on how to make inexpensive or free bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides and the formation of Farmer Interest Groups. AMS enables farmers to develop a sustainable agricultural enterprise and earn a living from their land.


Who we target

We launched AMS in 2014 in response to requests from some of our beneficiaries who had taken up Poultry Development Services – those who had access to a small plot of land but did not know how to farm it. Initially it was the husbands of our poultry farmers who registered on the programme.  Since then the programme has been rolled-out to over 1,000 farmers, including a large number of women.


Impact of AMS

Once our farmers have completed the training programme they are are reporting:

  • lower input costs for seeds, fertilisers and pesticides
  • 20-30% increase in yield
  • increased profits

We also help organise farmers into Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs) of 10-15 members so that they can benefit from better and cheaper supplies, access banking facilities and insurance and links to government schemes.

The next stage is the transition to a Farmer Producing Company (FPC) of 1,000 members which affords farmers even greater benefits such as better market linkages and access to low-interest bank loans.

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Enterprise not just aid

AMS aims to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship so we ask all our farmers to make a small financial contribution to the cost of the training they receive from us (currently 100 rupees). Once our farmers are trained and working within an FPC they are no longer dependent on us.


Meet some of our farmers

Kalyani

(PDS FARMER)

Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…

Kamala

(PDS FARMER)

Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…

Akina

(PDS FARMER)

Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as daily agricultural labourers, earning approximately Rs 100…

Nishikanta

(AMS FARMER)

Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

  • Shivia was a natural project for TFN to support: a strong social change mission, with a local focus providing a hand up, not a hand out to the women and communities it works with.
    Karen Millen
    UK Operations Manager, The Funding Network
  • 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
  • I cannot thank Shivia enough for giving me this opportunity. I am extremely happy that your team held my hand and provided me with excellent training to understand about raising chickens and earning money from them. I now have the confidence to carry on with my poultry enterprise on my own.
    PDS farmer
    Kolaghat location West Bengal

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