About AEGF

Empowering rural India

We are The Agri Entrepreneur Growth Foundation (AEGF)


We create tangible transformation for rural households and farmers in India.

AEGF, Established under Section 8 (Companies ACT 2013) was established in 2019. Promoted by Syngenta Foundation India and Tata Trusts, AEGF adopts a decentralized approach towards empowering rural youth and training them to become Agri-Entrepreneurs (AEs) in rural areas. By doing so, the AEs begin playing key roles in developing the agriculture of their surrounding regions. This initiative brings services such as credit, market linkage, access to high-quality input, and crop advisory together, under one roof for associated farmers, who are able to avail previously inaccessible services and earn improved incomes. AEGF’s AE program, a joint venture with the Tata Trusts, aims at developing 100,000 AEs in the following five years to ultimately achieve the goal of serving 20 million smallholders.

What we do

AEGF, co-founded by Syngenta Foundation India and TATA Trusts, supported by IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative packs an experienced and credible team working passionately towards...

Anish Kumar, Director

25 years of rural livelihoods experience; expert in creating farmer-run businesses

Abhishek Agarwal

Abhishek Agarwal, Director

Finance professional with 18+ years of experience as senior finance leader at MNC's in manufacturing and service Industries, part of management team providing financial leadership to ensure financial control, strategic partnership and operational support to the business & commercial functions through a team of qualified and experienced professionals.

Rajendra Jog

Rajendra Jog, Director

30+ years Agri Business experience; expert in supply chain management

Pankaj Shukla

Pankaj Shukla, COO

Pankaj, who holds an M.Sc. in Seed Tech from IARI and an MBA from XIM, Bhubaneshwar, has 15+ years of experience. His background in agri. Input, rural insurance, and rural development gives him a sophisticated grasp on operations and input linkages.

Our Team


Bhawna Nirmal

Bhawna Nirmal (Business Dev.)

Bhawna, with 5+ years of development experience, uses her expertise to design efficient and localized business models for AEs. A PGP-ABM from IIM Ahmedabad helped her gain managerial excellence.

Varun Yadav

Varun Yadav (Market Linkages)

With 5+ years of experience in Supply chain and Procurement of F&V and Agri Commodities, Varun is leading the Market Linkages for SFI. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, he also brings his business acumen and managerial experience on the table

Prashant Vaidya

Prashant Vaidya (Accounts & Finance)

A skilled professional with 15+ years of experience infinance, accounts, asset servicing, payments and client billings, Prashant handles accounts and finance activities for AEGF.

Project Leads

Abhishek Gupta (Madhya Pradesh)

Abhishek Gupta is an M.Sc (Ag.) Botany from university of Allahabad with 13 years of experience in community mobilization, brings lot of innovational ideas to set up AEs businesses. Over 11 years Abhishek is with SFI and nurtured different geographies like Odisha, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh

Dipankar Bordoloi (Assam & North Bengal)

Dipankar has a rich background in tea technology and plantation management gained from Dibrugarh University in Assam. One of the newest members of AEGF, he uses his expertise to ensure AE success in Assam.

Gajanan Rajurkar (Irrigation Initiatives)

Gajanan graduated with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from IARI, New Delhi. An expert in micro and solar based irrigation systems, he handles irrigation across all project locations in addition to being a project lead.

Ramprasad Sana (AP&TS)

Ramprasad, an agriculturist and entomologist by training, specializes in organic farming, promotion of micro-enterprises, and sustainable farming approaches.

Subhasish Pattnaik (Punjab)

With that skillset focused on agri-business management, Subhasish directs his efforts towards extension activities, AE selection and screening, training, field management, and monitoring and evaluation of new AEs.

Yuwaraj Madheshwar (Nanded)

Yuwaraj has a rich background in agriculture and uses his skillset to help farmer group formations, vegetable promotion, and develop capacity building.