Asian Rural Institute (ARI)
The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is a training center for Rural Leaders.
Founded in 1973 by Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami the aim of the program is to invite and train local grassroots leaders to more effectively serve in their communities as they work for the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized.
Each year from April to December they bring together about 30 leaders from countries primarily in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific to take part in their Rural Leaders Training Program.
The training focuses on sustainable agriculture through integrated organic farming techniques, community building, and servant leadership. It is community based and hands-on learning is emphasized in all areas. Working together they grow and share their own food.
At the heart of the program is the concept of ‘Foodlife‘ – a term designed to recognize and value the interdependency between life and the food that sustains all life.
THE ARI MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Asian Rural Institute is to build an environmentally healthy, just and peaceful world, in which each person can live to his or her fullest potential.
This mission is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.
To carry out this mission, they nurture and train rural leaders for a life of sharing.
Leaders, both women and men, who live and work in grassroots rural communities primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, form a community of learning each year together with staff and other residents.
Through community-based learning they study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance local resources and abilities for the common good.
They present a challenge to ourselves and to the whole world in their approach to food and life.
Motto: “That We May Live Together.”