Agriculture, once regarded as a subsistence activity for rural population, is transforming itself into millions of micro-enterprises at the primary production level to provide raw material for rural and sub-urban processing and packaging industry involving both SME’s and large corporations. In addition, millions of economic opportunities are being created at various levels for marketing and retailing of fresh, preserved, processed, and suitably packaged agricultural products. Several allied industries and services are evolving at a rapid pace around agricultural products, including input industry, financial services, market research, technology and advisory services, etc.  Another aspect of change in agriculture signifies its role not only as human food and animal feed production, but also as provider of green energy to replace petroleum-based fuels and biomaterials for a wide range of engineering, fashion and medical industries.  In simple words, it can be stated that agriculture is becoming agribusiness.

Broadly speaking, there are four main drivers of agriculture development, namely, policy and regulatory environment at local and global levels; rural infrastructure and technology development; financial institutions and services; and most importantly rural entrepreneurs willing to take risk in the agriculture sector.  The extensive and complex agriculture supply chains need to be managed in such a way that the sector develops in a sustainable manner, providing benefits to all its stakeholders without degrading our natural environment and food supplies. The success of this profound change will largely depend upon the management capacity of people working in this sector. AGRI aims to help fill the existing gaps in human capacity needs of agriculture sector by facilitating knowledge enhancing and sharing among the diverse stakeholders.