Agri-management Services

Helping farmers earn a decent income from responsible farming

About the programme

AMS is an agricultural training and advisory programme designed to address the particular problems faced by very poor, marginalised farmers.

We launched the programme in 2014 in response to requests for help from some of our beneficiaries who had taken up Poultry Development Services. We heard time and again that their husbands were unable to make farming profitable, largely due to poor soil quality and increasing costs of inputs such as seeds and fertilisers.  As a result, many were giving up farming altogether and migrating to the city in search of work.

The programme is designed with a holistic approach to address the particular challenges faced by individual farmers and includes a number of inter-linked interventions:

  • Soil testing
  • Crop selection
  • Access to wholesale markets for agri-inputs (seeds, etc.)
  • How to make free or inexpensive bio-pesticides and fertilisers
  • Joining a Farmer Interest Group
  • Access to government sponsored agri-programmes

The impact it is making

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

  • 15-20% lower input costs for seeds, fertilisers and pesticides
  • 25-30% increase in yield
  • 30-40% increase in profits from farming
  • improved soil quality through use of bio-products over chemicals

Enterprise not 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).

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, crop insurance and links to government agricultural programmes.

At the end of the two year training programme farmers are no longer dependent on us and can continue their farming enterprise within their Farmer Interest Group.

There are many elements of traditional farmer knowledge that, enriched by the latest scientific knowledge, can support productive food systems through sound and sustainable soil, land, water, nutrient and pest management, and the more extensive use of organic fertilizers. An increase in integrated decision-making processes at national and regional levels are needed to achieve synergies and adequately address trade-offs among agriculture, water, energy, land and climate change. Given expected changes in temperatures, precipitation and pests associated with climate change, the global community is called upon to increase investment in research, development and demonstration of technologies to improve the sustainability of food systems everywhere. Building resilience of local food systems will be critical to averting large-scale future shortages and to ensuring food security and good nutrition for all.


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