Agri-management Services

Helping families earn an income from responsible farming 

What is Agri-management Services (AMS)?

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 inputs (eg. seeds)
  • advice on how to make inexpensive or free bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides
  • the formation of Farmer Interest Groups
  • access to banking facilities
  • access to government agricultural programmes

Impact of AMS

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

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.

AMS is aligned with many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular:

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.


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 a Farmer Interest Group they are no longer dependent on us.


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(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.…

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  • 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.

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