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The ARMTI’s mandate includes dissemination of relevant management information that can further enhance efficient and effective management practice in the agricultural and rural sector. To fulfill this mandate, ARMTI, from time to time, publishes information from special studies, researches and annual lectures for the benefit of operators as well as policy makers in the agricultural and rural sector.
Some of these publications are available in the Publications Portal



The following are some of the publications of the Institute

Journal of Agricultural and Rural Management (JARM)

Published to enhance the performance and the ultimate development of the agricultural and rural sectors in Nigeria and other developing countries. The Journal publishes articles that address issues relating to the enhancement of the management of agricultural and rural development.

  • JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 1, No. 1 July – December, 1996.
  • JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 2, No. 1 July – December, 1997.
  • JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 3 & 4, No. 3 January – December, 1998.
  • JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 5, No. 1 January  1999.
  • JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 6, No. 1 July, 2003.
  • JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 7, No. 1 December, 2004.
  •  JARM -The Nigerian Journal of Agricultural & Rural Management, Volume 8, No. 1 December, 2006.

ARMTI Monograph

  1. Creating a Sustainable Organization Performance through Strategic Management Practice, by Dr.O.E.Ofoegbu. Published in 1994
  2. Community Mobilization for Rural Development in Bangladesh: Lesson for Nigeria. by S. O. Afolayan. Published in 1995
  3. Funding & Performance of Management Development Institute (MDIs) in Nigeria, by Prof Ifeyori I Ihimodu (ARMTI) Monograph Series No 3, 2005.
  4. The Role of Strategic Management Process (SMP) on Performance & Efficiency of Federal Parastatals in Nigeria by Samuel Taiwo Toluyemi and Titus Tunde Alegbe. (ARMTI) Monograph No. 4, 2009
  5. Management Development Institutes (MDIs) & the Public Service in Nigeria: Reflections of a Chief Executive of an MDI by Prof. Ifeyori Ihimodu. (ARMTI) 2001-2009.
  6. Performance Assessment of Rural Enterprise Groups in Benue State and the FCT of Nigeria by Dr. (Mrs.) Tope Sinkaiye and Dr. O. Windapo. Published in 2012.

Conferences / Seminars

  1. Environmental Issues in Agricultural and Rural Development (out of stock).
  2. T&V System of Managing Agricultural Extension in West Africa (out of stock)
  3. Communication Support to Unified Extension System (out of stock)
  4. Improving the Management Capabilities of Local Government: Towards Managing Agricultural & Rural Project (out of stock)
  5. The Role of Traditional Rulers and Local Government in Nigerian Agriculture 29th – 31st October, 1984. Published in 1986
  6. Financing Agricultural Development in Nigeria. Published in 1986
  7. Record-Keeping and Agro-statistics Data Bank in Nigeria. Proceedings of a Seminar in ARMTI on 23rd – 25th April, 1984. Published in 1986.
  8. Re-Positioning the Nigerian Agriculture for Expert: Challenges & Prospects,, Proceedings of a National Workshop. (ARMTI), 5th – 7th October, 2004.
  9. Public – Private Partnership in Commercial Agricultural in Nigeria: Issues, Constraints and Prospects. Proceedings of ARMTI National Seminar 2nd December 2010
  10. Challenges of Human Resources Development Sector in Nigeria (ARMTI) 4th – 7th April, 2005
  11. Topical Issues in the Management of Agriculture in Nigeria (Proceedings of an interactive session with Course 22 participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) kuru, 10th July, 2000.
  12. Policy and Management Issues for Accelerated Transformation of ARD. Presentation at a Roundtable for Members of Senate in May 2001. Published in 2010.
  13. Human Resource Development Issues in Nigerian Agriculture (Proceedings of Conferences of HRD Directors). Published in 2012.

Other Publications

  1. Nigeria Agriculture and the World Bank: A Partnership for Development. Published in 1998
  2. Funding, Enhancing and Evaluating Manpower Development in the Agricultural Sector (out of stock)

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ARMTI Annual Lectures

19th Youth in agriculture: Possibilities and opportunities for sustainable agricultural business in Nigeria Mr. Paul Okpue
18th Orange- Fleshed Sweet potato: An Untapped Resource for Health & wealth in Nigeria. Dr. (Mrs.) Olapeju O. Phorbee
17th Gender Inclusion and Youth Empowerment for Agricultural Transformation in Nigeria. Dr. (Mrs) Louise Setshwaelo
16th Managing Agriculture as a Business: A Practitioner’s Perspective. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
15th The Role of Management Development Institutes in the Agricultural and Rural Ttansformation of Nigeria. Garnet Brown
14th Climate Change: Its Implications for the Attainment of Food Security in Nigeria. Prof. Oladapo A. Afolabi
13th Commercializing Agriculture in Nigeria: Public – Private Partnership Approach (The Kwara State Experience). Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki(Rtd)
12th Management of Agricultural Research for Sustainable National Development: The Role of Management Development Institute (MDI). Prof. B. Y. Abubakar
11th Agriculture, Rural Economy and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria Issues and Challenges. Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa
10th Potential of Agricultural Exports as a Major Foreign Exchange Earner: “Issues and Challenges.” Vice Admiral M.A.H. Nyako (Rtd)
9th Food Security in Nigeria: Challenges under Democratic Dispensation. Prof. F. S. Idachaba
8th Managing Agriculture in a Cash-Strapped Economy. Alhaji Jibrin Salihu
7th Managing Grassroots Resources and Facilities for National Development in a Depressed Economy. Dr. Christopher Kolade
6th The Role of Extension Services in the Strategies of Agricultural Development in the 90s. Prof. Sadiq.K.T.Williams
5th International Organizations and the Nigerian Agriculture: The case of the World Bank. Ishrat Husein
4th The Role and Development of the Nigerian Farmers. Alhaji Aminu Tijani
3rd Making Agriculture an Attractive Profession Profession. Maj-Gen. George A.Innih
2nd Strategies in Research on Improved Farming System to Facilitate Adoption and Management by the Nigerian Farmer. Prof. Bede Okigbo.
1st Management in Agriculture and Rural Development: A Practitioner’s View. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo


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The Village Alive Development Initiative, an action research project; initially took off in 1995 as Village Alive Women Association (VAWA) in the communities of Idofian, Elerinjare, Jimba Oja, Kabba Owode in Kwara State. But these intervention soon became inactive due to funding.

In 2011, the ARMTI Management resuscitated the project as the “Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI)” to include men, women and youth in the participating communities as beneficiaries in the project.  The participating communities include Falokun-Oja, Fufu, Apa-ola, Elerinjare, Ilota, Jimba-Oja, Igbo-owu, Amoyo and Omomere-oja  in Kwara State.  The project is aimed at creating village level opportunities for rural dwellers to alleviate their poverty and also use the result to strengthen ARMTI’s training programme. VADI aims at employment and income generation and good governance in the participating communities. The project employs a participatory approach in planning and implementing the fiel    d level activities by ensuring active involvement of the beneficiaries.


PRA session in Fufu community during baseline survey


To be world class change agent, facilitating the development of the rural areas through wealth creation, networking, knowledge and skills empowerment.


To identify impediments inhibiting wealth creation, improving standard of living and peaceful co-existence among rural dwellers and proffering ameliorating strategies.

Presentation of PRA results at plenary session in Fufu community



The aim is to create a sustainable and self-reliant community-based organization for rural dwellers through the implementation of programmes that will improve the standard of living and social economic status of the communities.  The specific objectives are to:

  • promote rural enterprise development through provision of appropriate skills and opportunities;
  • enhancing financial inclusion through establishment and management of micro credit scheme in communities to promote economic activities;
  • stimulate and improve the management skills among rural dwellers through group activities;
  • promote improved living condition within the community environments to achieve sustainable economic development; and
  • provide specialized knowledge and skills in nutrition to VADI members communities

VADI adopts four actions namely enterprise, social, financial inclusion and special skills actions in its adopted communities.


  1. Promotion of off-farm and on-farm enterprises:
  • Value addition in agricultural produce and agro processing;
  • Value chain development (cassava, shea butter);
  • Livestock and diary development;
  • Fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Handicraft and cottage industry; and
  • Other income generating activities such as bee-keeping and honey production, poultry and sericulture.
  1. Promotion of non-farm micro-enterprise through micro-credit.


  1. Linkages, Partnership and Collaborations with relevant organizations;
  2. Group Mobilization and Dynamics; and
  • Health Education


  1. Micro Finance
  2. Savings
  • Credit
  1. Financial Literacy Training
  2. Account opening: individual, groups, community and VADI Management accounts.



  1. Skills on Production of products on request/demand
  2. Management and Leadership Skill.
  • Provision of appropriate training for the facilitators and beneficiaries of the various components of the project, such as:
  1. Record-keeping and loan management;
  2. Basic skills for small enterprise management;
  3. Home management, health and nutrition education;
  4. Cooperative and group management;
  5. Technical skills in small scale enterprises; and
  6. Adult literacy.

Cross section of beneficiaries during flag-off of seed fund disbursement


Organogram of VADI


VADI model

The figure below shows the direction of activities and services in VADI, ARMTI is at the centre of the whole activities, linking up and facilitating process for all other stakeholders i.e. Commercial Banks, CBN (who are in charge of client accounts and disbursed loans, and who also pay request for mobilized savings on behalf of ARMTI), NAIC, support service providers like NCAM who provides tractors and equipment and VADI communities). VADI communities pay their savings and loan repayment through ARMTI field officers to the bank and pay insurance premium to NAIC (i.e. 2% in the case of crop, processing and produce buying and 2.5% in the case of livestock which insures loan to VADI through ARMTI and the bank. The services provide input and advisory services to VADI communities through ARMTI while ARMTI provides support services, in terms of training and consultancy directly to VADI communities.




Front view of the cassava processing centre at Jimba-oja community

Cross section of beneficiaries during the training on the use and maintenance of the cassava processing centre

L-R: Special Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Agriculture-Mr. Anu Ibiwoye, some members of ARMTI Management and the Head of Kwara State DFO-CBN


 Cross section of one of VADI Communities during the flag off of seed fund disbursement


Cross section of Community Heads during a sensitization workshop on managing post harvest losses


Ag. Executive Director delivering an opening speech during a sensitization workshop on managing post harvest losses organised for all participating the communities


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Thinking of a suitable place for your next training needs, you’d want to put the following into consideration


The ARMTI Main Campus located in Ilorin is situated 18km outside town in a large expanse of land. The serene environment, lush greenery and beautiful landscape make for a very conducive environment for learning, retreat and vacation. If you are looking for a perfect getaway from all the noise and disturbance of the boisterous everyday life, the ARMTI Campus is your choice. (see gallery). In addition, there is an Abuja campus which provides an option for those who don’ have the luxury of coming all the way to Ilorin, Kwara State.


Although ARMTI’s provides excellent training on general broad based Management for any field of endeavour, it was primary designed for the agricultural and rural sector of Nigeria. Consequently, its courses and trainings are designed to be highly affordable. In fact, ARMTI’s courses are run on strictly cost recovery basis and therefore are the cheapest you can find.(see course list and fees)

Excellent Training

ARMTI’s quality of facilitators and training are unparalleled and widely acclaimed. (see words on marble) The Institute has been proclaimed by many organisations (both local and international) as a Centre of Excellence; a reputation the Institute earns and upholds proudly. In ARMTI, Centre of Excellence is not a slogan, it is who we are.

An Atmosphere of Warm Hospitality

ARMTI provides an unforgettable experience as it regards hospitality. Right from the contact persons a prospective participant calls for enquiry, to the personnel at the gate on arrival and throughout the duration of your stay; every visitor is treated to a dose of warm hospitality by every ARMTI staff you meet. For many, the memory that sticks the most in their minds is this hospitality.

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From the Executive Director

It is with joy that I welcome you to the new Training Year 2020. It is common to set goals and targets at the beginning of every year like this. This year also gets us ten years away from the target set by the UN for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDPs). Permit me to ask therefore, what goals have you set for yourself and where do you stand in the achievement of your own goals, personal or corporate? Goal setting, effective planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of self, infrastructure and projects are some of the wealth of value that ARMTI courses can bring your way this year.

Bringing it home, however, this year, our Institute will mark its 40th anniversary. Looking back over the years, we are a long way from where we started but there is still much ground to be covered. As such, we are not tired, but we will make this year a launch pad to renew zest and commitment to continue to deliver excellent service in the Agricultural and Rural Sector of our Great Nation.

We sincerely acknowledge and appreciate the support and patronage of all our partners and clients for sticking with us through the years. Nothing gladdens our hearts as such as seeing clients come again and again, bringing more staff for training. We are grateful that knowing the critical import of capacity building, you have chosen to make us your training destination despite any challenge the present economic status quo may impose. We believe that our fight for food security and rural development can be better fought and won with proper knowledge and skills. As such, in ARMTI, we do pledge to also continue to deliver the world-class management training that you depend on us to give.

At this time, we are grateful that the Federal Government is paying more attention to Agriculture and investing in the sector in order to reduce dependency on oil and increase non-oil export revenue. ARMTI is doing its best to impact the economy in this regard by launching the Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI) in more communities in different geo-political zones. VADI is ARMTI’s social laboratory and rural community development initiative as well as our corporate social responsibility project. The successful model has continued to impact lives ad transform communities. Also, ARMTI has held series of Agriproduce Exportation summits which were strategically executed to include small holders and rural agro producers.

We are all in the business of developing our nation through human capacity building, because we realise that the people are the greatest resource of any organization, community or nation. So as you continue to invest your funds, we promise to continue to deliver the value, so that together, we can achieve the desired objectives and our nation can be better for it.

As always, we continue to upgrade our facilities, we continue to review our curriculum and courses and we continue to put to work all the feedback that comes from our clients and participants so that we can be properly positioned to serve you even better.

So, I welcome you to another new year, with limitless opportunities and endless possibilities. Let us roll up our sleeves and get to work again. We look forward to serving you. God bless you.

Dr. Olufemi Oladunni

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