RMI is a private firm, established in 2011, working with rural communities in Africa preparing them for commercial farming.
They bring knowledge of modern farming, management and organization, the knowledge that farmers need to own and operate sustainable businesses in agriculture. They have extensive experience in agriculture development throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular in working with outgrowers. The company started off with the EcoEnergy project in Tanzania, but has since grown to a number of projects.
They have worked with over 10,000 rural households training people so they can commercially farm coffee, tea, rice, sugarcane, wheat, soybeans and maize seed and bean seed.
RMI also helps foreign investors to engage fruitfully with the communities surrounding their estates, obtaining the social license to operate and working together in new Value Chains.
RMI has successfully undertaken more than 30 projects, in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Learn more about their projects.
RMI aims to build influence in the development industry in Africa around ideas of empowerment instead of entitlement, people-centred instead of process-centred, and business opportunities instead of hand-outs.