Agricultural Extension in India-Overview
This link provides an overview of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in India 

Department of Agriculture and Cooperation and Farmers welfare 
This is the Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India is responsible for framing national policies and programmes aimed at achieving the agricultural growth. 

The Directorate of Extension
It is the nodal agency in the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation for agricultural extension programmers. It assists and encourages the State Departments in organizing, maintaining and operating professional extension services.


Indian Society of Extension Education (ISEE)

ISEE established on 12th June, 1964 currently has more than 1700 life members. Its mission is to advance the cause of extension education. The Society publishes quarterly research journal entitled, Indian Journal of Extension Education since 1965. The Society organizes Seminars, Symposia, Workshops and Conventions at National and International level on topics of national importance. The society has also brought out several publications.

Society of Extension Education (SEE)

Society of Extension Education was established with the aim to provide a forum for its members to participate in the seminar/conventions/symposium/workshops/training programmes for the improvement of knowledge and skills to face the problem of rural areas and makeup the dynamic reorientation of the members for 21st century through recent literature in the form of research journal/magazine/news letter, etc. It publishes the Indian Research Journal of Extension Education

Rajasthan Society of Extension Education (RSEE)

The Rajasthan Society of Extension Education, popularly known as RSEE, was established in 1990 at Udaipur with the great vision of promoting potential use of advanced agricultural technology by rural masses through agricultural education. The society publishes the Indian Journal of Extension Education and Rural Development (IJEERD).

Society of Extension Education, Tamil Nadu

Society of Extension Education, Tamil Nadu publishes the Journal of Extension Education which promotes scientific papers in the field of Agricultural Extension.

Society of Extension Education
TamilNadu Agricultural University
Coimbatore – 641003

Orissa Society of Extension Education (OSEE)

Orissa Society of Extension Education is committed itself to the farmers. The Society is also publishing a biannual journal – Journal of Extension Education which publishes research articles about trials conducted at farmer’s field, farmer’s reaction, acceptance of new product/innovation and all other aspects reflecting views of the farmers.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

ICAR is the apex body for co-coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE)

MANAGE is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and its mission is to facilitate the acquisition of managerial and technical skills by extension officers and managers. It offers services in management training, consultancy, management education, research and information services.

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayatiraj (NIRDPR)

Located at Hyderabad, NIRD offers national and international training programmes on different aspects of rural development for policy makers and practitioners in the development sector. It also conducts research, covering a wide diversity of subjects in human resource development and natural resource development with focus on improving the quality of life of the rural people.

Institute of Rural Management (IRMA)

IRMA is a unique institution of rural management and it has professionalised the development of India’s rural sector. It provides management training, support and research facilities to students committed to rural development.

National Fisheries Development Board

It aims to bring activities relating to fisheries and aquaculture for focused attention and professional management and to coordinate activities pertaining to fisheries undertaken by different Ministries/Departments in the Central Government and also coordinating with the State/Union Territory Governments.

Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce and Industry

Agriculture desk at FICCI works on agriculture policies.It identifies major bottlenecks that hinder the growth of Indian agriculture;sensitize all stakeholders to catalyze the necessary policy changes; addresses the conflicting domestic policies relating to production, procurement, pricing and distribution of agricultural goods and define measures to attain a higher trajectory growth in agriculture (of more than 4 per cent) in order to compete in the global market.

National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture (NGRCA)

A National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture (NGRCA) has been set up in the Directorate of Extension, Krishi Vistar Sadan, Pusa, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi to mainstream the gender concerns and add gender dimension to agriculture policies and programmes; render advisory services for gender mainstreaming.

Objectives & Aim

The National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture (NGRCA) is a focal point for convergence of all gender related issues in agriculture and is to serve as an epicenter to coordinate and synergize various efforts aiming at women’s empowerment though agriculture. The NGRCA besides undertaking and supporting training, research and advocacy to mainstream gender issues in agriculture and natural resource management aims at forging effective functional linkages with other related departments, agencies and institutions & is mandated to ensure that the policies and programmes in agriculture are fully engendered & reflect the national commitment to empowerment of women.


It is a livelihood promotion institution established in 1996, working with over a 3.5 million customers (spread over 17 states), over 90% being rural poor households and about 10% urban slum dwellers, Its strategy is to provide a comprehensive set of livelihood promotion services which include Financial Inclusion Services (FINS), Agricultural / Business Development Services (Ag/BDS) and Institutional Development Services (IDS) to rural poor households under one umbrella.

BAIF Development Research Foundation

BAIF Development Research Foundation is a voluntary organization and it promotes sustainable livelihood in rural India through management of natural resources and promotion of livestock development, watershed development and agri-horti-forestry as major income generation activities.


PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action) is a non-government, voluntary organization that promotes Self-Help Groups; develops locally suitable economic activities; mobilizes finances; and introduces systems to improve livelihoods of the rural poor and sustain their progress.

DHAN Foundation

Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation, is a professional development organisation that promote and nurture new ideas on development themes such as microfinance, small scale irrigation, dry land agriculture, and working with panchayats which can impact on poverty in a significant manner.

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
Center for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

MSSRF is a non-profit research organization involved in research and development in coastal systems research, biodiversity, biotechnology, eco-technology, food technology, information, education and communication.

Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN)

It is a network of NGOs that focus on watershed development in drought prone areas through capacity building and influencing policies at various levels.

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA)

It is a professional resource organization engaged in establishing models of sustainable agriculture through promotion of environmentally safe agricultural practices especially in tribal and dryland ares of the country

Agropedia is aa unique agricultural web paltform. It has two types of content, namely certified content (Gyan Dhara) and co-creted content (Jan Gyan). It is accessed by more than 200 countries, has more than 8300 registered users and more than 28000 pages.

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE)

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management. MANAGE is the Indian response to challenges of agricultural extension in a rapidly growing and diverse agriculture sector. The policies of liberalization and globalization of the economy and the level of agricultural technology becoming more sophisticated and complex, called for major initiatives towards reorientation and modernization of the agricultural extension system. Effective ways of managing the extension system needed to be evolved and extension organizations enabled to transform the existing set up through professional guidance and training of critical manpower. MANAGE is the response to this imperative need

TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

TISS is an institution which aims at excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centered, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all

Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)

The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country.To this end FES Works towards the ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources, in the uplands and other eco-fragile, degraded and marginalised zones of the country and to set in place the processes of co-ordinated human effort and governance to this end

National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM)

The major mandate of the Academy is to build capacity in agricultural research, education and extension education systems, and provide policy advocacy for the National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES). To fulfil these mandates, Academy organises various capacity building programmes for researchers, academicians, extension personnel, scholars, and other stakeholders in NARES. The Academy strives to enhance individual and institutional capacity for innovation in NARES. Considering the strategic importance of agricultural research in food security and economic growth of the country, leadership, governance and innovation are emerging as prerequisite for the transformation of NARES into a more pluralistic innovation system

Sehgal Foundation

The foundation team engages in participatory research, impact assessment, interactive dialogue, and community media to take informed actions and achieve sustainable results. The team collects, assesses, and reports qualitative and quantitative data across an array of development outcomes, building an archive of evidence-based research that incorporates the voices and views of rural communities and demonstrates the results.

Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana(MKSP)

MKSP envisions empowering women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women. The primary objective of the MKSP is to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create and sustain agriculture based livelihoods of rural women.

Deendayal Antayodaya Yojana (DAY-NRLM)

Aajeevika – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India in June 2011.  Aided in part through investment support by the World Bank, the Mission aims at creating efficient and effective institutional platforms of the rural poor, enabling them to increase household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial services. In November 2015, the program was renamed Deendayal Antayodaya Yojana (DAY-NRLM)

Reliance Foundation

Reliance Foundation works tirelessly towards enriching the lives of people belonging to the marginalised communities of India. It enhances livelihood opportunities and provides relevant information that helps reduce risk for rural communities. Furthermore, by deploying locally-relevant solutions, it enhances rural livelihoods in agriculture, marine fisheries and other farm and non-farm based activities

Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM)

The Indian Institute of Forest Management is a sectoral management institute, which constantly endeavors to evolve knowledge useful for the managers in the area of Forest, Environment and Natural Resources Management and allied sectors. It disseminates such knowledge in ways that promote its application by individuals and organizations

National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (NIAM)

NIAM is playing a vital role in expediting the reform process and availability of quality managers through its mandate. NIAM is engaged in organizing training programmes in the field of agricultural marketing and allied areas for senior and middle level officers from various line departments of State Governments, Cooperatives, Marketing Boards and Agribusiness Entrepreneurs. The institute is also playing an active role in orienting agricultural extension personnel towards agricultural marketing. NIAM has been actively involved in Research, Training and Consultancy in the field of Agricultural Marketing

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

NABARD is an apex development financial institution in India, headquartered at Mumbai with regional offices all over India. The Bank has been entrusted with “matters concerning policy, planning and operations in the field of credit for agriculture and other economic activities in rural areas in India”. NABARD is active in developing financial inclusion policy and is a member of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion

Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC)

SFAC is an exclusive Society focused on increasing incomes of small and marginal farmers through aggregation and development of agribusiness. It has pioneered the formation and growth of Farmer Producer Organizations/Farmer Producer Companies, which is now being implemented across the length and breadth of the country. SFAC is progressing towards establishing an eco system for FPOs/FPCs to make them sustainable and viable in the long run and offers Schemes like Equity Grant and Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme to FPCs to improve availability of working capital and development of business activities. SFAC also promotes development of small agribusiness through its VCA Scheme for value added processing and marketing linkages and is  implementing the National Agriculture Market Electronic Trading (e-Nam) platform. The purpose is to provide for a single unified market for agricultural products with much higher price discovery for farmers.

Deccan Development Society (DDS)

DDS is a two and half decade old grassroots organisation working in about 75 villages with women’s Sanghams (voluntary village level associations of the poor) in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh. The 5000 women members of the Society represent the poorest of the poor in their village communities. Most of them are dalits, the lowest group in the Indian social hierarchy.

Oxford Policy Management (OPM)

OPM aims to help low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform and enable low- and middle-income governments to bring about lasting positive change using analytical and practical policy expertise