Our values are what sets RMI apart. We are deeply passionate about helping small farmers move from just being able to survive to growing and eventually flourishing in their own businesses. We aim to bring our services to empower poor rural people to change their own lives.
Our people are experienced experts, passionate, and hard-working. We share the same values and are driven to help our clients (both the commercial companies and rural communities) to achieve exceptional results.
Ian Sherry has more than 30 years experience leading major Infrastructure and Agribusiness Projects in Africa from Ethiopia to Lesotho, from Mauritius to the Gambia. Ian's work in development agriculture ranges from leading a 6,000ha irrigated smallholder sugar cane development to assisting smallholder farmers growing coffee, pulses and oilseeds. Ian has worked as an engineer, a business and investment strategist, a value chain advisor and business developer for International Companies and Government Agencies. Ian is currently teaching business to farmers in Tanzania.
Mike Ogg has over 20 years experience in developing Agricultural projects in Africa. Mike worked as Head of Makhathini Crops Research Station in Natal, Agricultural Development Manager for Lonrho Agribusiness, Senior Agricultural Consultant for LVA and later Golder. Mike was Golder’s country manager in Swaziland, where for 10 years, he led several multidisciplinary teams developing more than 8,000 ha of new farms under irrigation. Specialist consulting work has taken Mike to Mauritania, Gambia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi. Mike is currently working as an adviser with Solidaridad, developing a smallholder Sustainability Assessment Tool.
Rommert Schram is a specialist in Irrigation and Water Resources Management. He has worked on IWRMP, outgrower development and renewable energy projects in Indonesia, Zambia, Swaziland and Tanzania. Rommert has worked on large scale rice irrigation schemes training smallholder farmers. In Swaziland Rommert was Team Leader for smallholder Agri-business on the LUSIP Project. Rommert worked for FAO in Tanzania improving food security through smallholder irrigation, rural development and Bioenergy and Food Security. Rommert was General Manager of Zanzibar Sugar, restarting the 1,500 ha sugarcane estate and factory.
Erik Buiten has extensive public sector experience in land use planning, land reform and rural development. As a senior manager in the public sector he was actively involved in organizational restructuring, policy development and the design and implementation of land management and development delivery systems. His experience as a consultant since 1996 has been in the field of project management, design of organizational systems for agriculture and forestry development projects, socio-economic impact assessment of agriculture and rural infrastructure development projects, monitoring & evaluation, community development, land and tenure reform and spatial planning.