Advance # 220450
Implementing an annual training in sustainable agriculture and leadership for rural leaders
||Asian Rural Institute
||Asia and Pacific, Japan, Nishinasumo-Tochigi-ken
Background / History
Due in part to trends of industrialization and globalization, the quality of life in rural areas of Asia and Africa continues to deteriorate. ARI concentrates its efforts on inviting and training grassroots rural leaders, such as tribal leaders, rural clergy, locally established NGO workers, etc. who dedicate themselves to working for the betterment of their own people. ARI was established in 1973 in response to the call of the Inaugural Assembly in 1959 of the East Asia Christian Conference at Kuala Lumpur calling on Japanese churches to begin rural leaders training.
Goals & Objectives
Human resource training. Each year, ARI carries out a 9-month rural leaders training program to study sustainable agriculture through integrated organic farming, community development, and leadership. Upon completion of this training, the participant will return to work in his/her sending body in his/her community, utilizing what they have learned in ARI to work for the development of their own people.
Since ARI seeks out some of the most marginalized rural people in the world, we do not expect them to have the financial resources to cover this training.
Our training program is community-based and practically oriented. Covering nearly 2000 hours of instruction, participants take part in hands on learning, lectures, and study tours in integrated organic agriculture (raising crops and rearing livestock), community building, and leadership. Each year we build a community of learning and sharing, which is composed of staff, volunteers, and international program participants.
Strong emphasis is placed on self-sustainability. We teach the community how to identify and use local resources, including human resources as well as natural resources.
The training program has two intended outcomes - on an individual level (short term) the participants learn new skills in leadership, agriculture and community building, but more importantly they use these skills to have a positive impact upon their home communities (long term). Each graduate spreads their training as they return to their homes and passes on their skills to their people. This cycle of education continues for years, which is why we place such value in training teachers and leaders who will in turn perpetuate community development.
ARI remains in contact with most of our graduates, who send us reports of their activities. Each graduate uses their training in different ways according to their own abilities and according to the needs of their community.
1 - The organization Strategic Human Services in Cameroon is due to open a new training farm the summer of 2008 based on the ARI model of sustainable agriculture. ARI has trained 4 staff from this organization beginning with Billian Njodzeka in 2002.
2 - Babycha Mangsatabam an ARI Graduate (2006) India - "Since I have been trained from ARI I was able to form 29 organic farmers' clubs and there are more than 300 farmers who have been trained from different districts and from different NGOs, Community Based Organizations, and People's Organizations including women's society groups (survivors from domestic violence against women and other forms of violence).
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
- Advocacy, Organizing, Grassroots, Campaigns, Networking
- Agriculture Education, Farming, Gardening, Environment Education
- Agriculture/Farming, Food Production/Processing, Environment/Sustainable Development
- Animals: Husbandry, Livestock, Poultry, Fish/Pisciculture, Hatcheries
- Asian Descent
- Black/African Descent
- Church and Mission Leaders
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Disabled/Handicapped and Special Needs
- Disaster Response
- Economic Development, Small Business, Microenterprise, Micro-lending/Micro-credit, Income-generation
- Elderly/Older Adults/Aged/Senior Citizens
- Environment and Efficiency
- Fair Trade Policies and Products
- Food and Water Distribution
- Global Health
- Health & Nutrition Education, Hygiene, Nursing, Drugs, Diseases, Natural Medicines, Infant Mortality
- Health Care Workers and Volunteers
- Human Rights
- Leadership Development and Education
- Materials or Land for Agriculture or Food Production
- Mental Health, Counseling
- Mission Volunteers
- Native and Indigenous Groups
- Natural Disasters, Hurricanes, Droughts, Earthquakes, Floods
- Pastors, Clergy, Retired Clergy, Evangelists
- Peace, Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Plants: Horticulture, Gardening, Agroforestry, Agroprocessing, Vegetables, Fruits, Irrigation
- Poverty Issues/Economic Justice
- Racial Justice
- Relief outside the United States
- Religious Minorities
- Rural Health
- Rural Populations
- Rural Poverty
- School Children
- Social Justice
- Trades, Vocations, Technical programs, Cottage Industries, Artisan/Handicrafts
- Victims/Survivors of Abuse, Violence, and War
- War, Interreligious Conflict
- Water, Sanitation, Infrastructure, Wells/Boreholes, Electricity, Waste Management/Latrines
- Youth and Young Adults
Global Ministries Contact
Global Ministries Program Area
International Health & Development