Background of ARMTI
The Nigerian agricultural sector suffered a major setbackbecause of the oil boom of the 1970s. One of the major steps taken by the government to put agriculture back on track was the establishment of Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs) across the nation. The need to develop human resources to manage these ADPs and other agricultural institutions led to the establishment of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) as a parastatal of the then Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FMANR) in 1980.
The Institute is headed by an Executive Director who reports through a Board of Governors to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Membership of the Board is made up of: Three Federal Government nominees from the private and public sectors.
- A representative of the Kwara State Polytechnic.
- The Federal Director of Agriculture.
- A representative of the National Universities. Commission.
- Executive Director / Chief Executive of ARMTI.
Our vision is to be a world-class Management Development Institute, facilitating the development and application of best management practices for the Agricultural and Rural Sector.
Our Mission is to identify and analyze management problems/ needs and develop appropriate interventions to improve managerial practice in the Agricultural and Rural Sector.
Our Value Statement
ARMTI is committed to excellence in service delivery, with highly trained staff, imbibing a culture of prompt response to clients’ needs, while upholding the highest standards of integrity.
ARMTI’s services, which are primarily directed at the agricultural and rural sector, are to:
- Provide management training;
- Provide consultancy and advisory services;
- Conduct applied management research, special and diagnostic studies;
- Disseminate management information; and
- Contribute to policy development, which would enhance better management of the agricultural and rural sector in Nigeria.
Our Training Scope
ARMTI’s training programme cover the following major areas:
- Planning and management of agricultural and rural development;
- Human resource development and general management;
- Agricultural finance and rural credit management;
- Entrepreneurship and small/medium enterprise development and management;
- Management information system and data processing;
- Gender issues and youth development;
- Agricultural research management;
- Rural infrastructure and institutions development management; and
- Extension management.
Besides regular training courses, ARMTI also organizes workshops, seminars and conferences on topical issues relating to agricultural and rural development policy and management. For many years, ARMTI has been organizing international courses and has been reputed as a Centre of excellence in management training in Africa.
Practical: ARMTI courses are designed to provide practical assistance to all grades of managers serving in the agricultural and rural sector in the three tiers of government viz: local, state and federal.
Participatory: The training methods emphasize shared learning experiences, case studies, role plays and syndicate discussions to ensure that course subject matter is applied to real life situations. ARMTI also runs special management clinics, and laboratories for improving human interaction. Our training approach is enriched by modern training technology such as multimedia equipment and resourceful study tours.
Responsive: ARMTI courses have been developed to meet the training needs identified in a systematic survey of client organizations, and are regularly revised in the light of changing demands.
Follow – up: A follow-up system has been adopted to help participants apply what they have learnt in the classroom to their job situations. For instance, participants may be asked to carry out practical projects or assignments which will then be reviewed by ARMTI faculty. In other cases, client organizations may be visited after training, to give further coaching and assistance to participants and to up-date information already provided.
These are job-specific and performance-based special training packages designed to respond to the unique requirements of individual organizations. These specialized packages have been found to be more economical and rewarding because theyenable organizations to train more people on their sites at minimum cost.
ARMTI also provides consultancy services to both public and private sectororganizations engaged in the task of agricultural and rural development. Such consultancy advice is based on an in-depth diagnostic study of the client organisation, which is followed by assistance from ARMTI for implementing appropriate management intervention to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the client organization. In the past years, ARMTI has provided consultancy services to the Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs), Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s Green River Project, United Nations Development Programme, InternationalLabour Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations sponsored projects, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Elf Petroleum (Nigeria) Limited, Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), of the Archdiocese of Ibadan, etc.
Training, Workshops, Seminars, Annual Public Lectures along with publications resulting from research, consultancy and advisory services afford ARMTI the opportunity to reach a broader audience and constitute an essentialmultiplier of ARMTI’s impact.
Even though ARMTI’s faculty is equipped with diversified top-notch talents in management training, the need for special skills cannot be over-emphasized. In our continuous efforts to meet our customers’ needs, a select crop of experts are invited from time to time to inject complementary experiences and practical insights into our training and research activities. Such experts are drawn from the universities, the private sector, the ADP’s and most especially from the pool of highly experienced retired managers across the nation. Besides its being cost effective, the exchange of ideas between our faculty and these associates generate a balanced and unique approach needed for improved management education.
ARMTI serves the nation-wide Agricultural Development Projects (ADP), the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs),Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, State Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MANR), National Agricultural Research Institutes, Forestry and Livestock sub-sectors,Agricultural-business Organizations,Private Corporations, NDDC, Oil and Gas Companies, etc.
Collaboration with International Organizations
In addition to functional relationships with national organizations, ARMTI has successfully developed collaborative arrangements with international agencies, such as: The Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) in London, the World Bank Institute, Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP); Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) in Arusha, Tanzania; Centre for Integrated Rural Development in Africa (CIRDAFRIC); International Labour Organization (ILO); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAMDEVIN); and the National Academy for Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) India. The Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), Khartoum, Sudan.
ARMTI is recognized by international agencies as an appropriate centre to organize national courses funded by them and as an international training centre of excellence in Africa. We have already organized international courses on Agricultural Project Planning and Management and Rural Credit Management Programmes financed by the COMSEC and an Agricultural Research Management Programme for Research Scientists sponsored by IITA/ICRISAT/WARDA. The World Bank Institute has endorsed ARMTI as a centre of excellence which serves as the Regional base for the Agricultural Management Training for Africa (AMTA). The Institute served as the prime mover of the Research-Extension-Farmers-Input-Linkage System (REFILS) which is being adopted all over Africa. It has also been identified by AARDO as a centre of excellence for its programmes.