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About AEGF

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.

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 rural development.

Anish Kumar, Director

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

Baskar Reddy, Director

15 years cross-cutting agri experience; expert in agronomy & policy implementation...

K Jayaraman, Director

26 years finance & IT experience; expert in building & leading finance &...

Rajendra Jog, CEO

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

Our Team

Avijit Nayak (Agronomy & Innovations)

With more than two decades of experience in his field, Avijit now Heads Agronomy and...

Arjun Mukherjee (Monitoring & Evaluation)

Arjun has successfully completed two post-graduate degrees. An MA in Political Science...

Abhijeet Pawar (Human Resource)

An HR, administration, IR & ER professional with 12 years of experience in the...

Aravind Thumbur (Strategy, Systems and Processes)

A veterinary surgeon by training, Aravind’s business acumen later lead him to IIM-...

Balu Daine (Agronomy & Innovations)

With a rich background in agriculture, farming, and interestingly, sales, Balu uses...

Bhawna Nirmal (Business Development)

Bhawna, with 5+ years of development experience, uses her expertise to design...

G. Satyanarayan (Accounts & Finance)

Satyanarayana, who graduated from Pune University with a B.Comm., has close to 4...

Pankaj Shukla (Operations: North and East)

Pankaj, who holds an M.Sc. in Seed Tech from IARI and an MBA from XIM, Bhubaneshwar,...

Parikrama Chowdhry (Partnerships & Evaluation)

Parikrama’s extensive know-how focuses on business strategy and marketing gained from...

Prashant Vaidya (Accounts & Finance)

A skilled professional with 15+ years of experience infinance, accounts, asset...

Rahul Tidake (Operations: South & West)

After 5+ years of experience across different domains like marketing, sales, and...

Ravindra Katre (Training & SURYA)

Highly skilled in food security, sustainable development, corporate social...

Varun Yadav (Market Linkages)

With 5+ years of experience in Supply chain and Procurement of F&V and Agri...

Vikram Borade (Credit Initiative & Research)

A professional banker with over 16 years of experience in banking & finance,...

Project Leads

Amol Deshmukh (Vidarbha)

Amol currently handles the government-allied project in Maharashtra along with I-SAFE...

Abhishek Gupta (Madhya Pradesh)

Abhishek Gupta is an M.Sc (Ag.) Botany from university of Allahabad with 13 years of...

Bhushan Ahire (Nashik)

After more than a decade spent with the SFI and AEGF family, Bhushan directs his...

Debadarshini Pal (Jharkhand)

Debadarsini is an agriculturist from training and holds an MBA in Agri-business...

Dheerendra Kumar (UP & UK)

Dheerendra is an M.Sc. in Agronomy from NDUA&T and has 14 years of experience in...

Dipankar Bordoloi (Assam & North Bengal)

Dipankar has a rich background in tea technology and plantation management gained from...

Gajanan Rajurkar (Irrigation Initiaves & Palghar)

Gajanan graduated with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from IARI, New Delhi. An...

Gireesh P S (Karnataka & TN)

Gireesh graduated with an MBA in Agribusiness Management from the University of...

Kanchan Sinha Mohapatra (Rajasthan)

Kanchan is from Bankura, WB. A B Sc. Agri & MBA grad joined SFI as an AEM and got...

Keshav Borkar (Seed Production and Bihar)

With 27 years of experience in agriculture and agronomy, Keshav now works towards...

Purna Chandra Singh (Odisha)

Purna is highly skilled in the fields of community mobilization, new partnerships,...

Ramprasad Sana (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana)

Ramprasad, an agriculturist and entomologist by training, specializes in organic...

Subhasish Pattnaik (Punjab)

With that skillset focused on agri-business management, Subhasish directs his efforts...

Sujit Jagtap (Ahmednagar)

Sujit has been working in the agriculture extension and rural development for close to...

Vaibhav Wankhade (Jalna)

Vaibhav is a B. Sc. Agri grad from Dr. PDKV Akola university, MH. Right from mentoring...

Yuwaraj Madheshwar (Nanded)

Yuwaraj has a rich background in agriculture and uses his skillset to help farmer...