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 worked with International Companies in East and Southern Africa as an engineer, a business strategist, a value chain advisor and agri-business investment manager for more than 35 years. Ian's work in development agriculture started with leading a 6,000ha irrigated smallholder sugar cane development in Swaziland, and then added assisting smallholder coffee farmers in Ethiopia and Tanzania, leading an investment program in Gambia. Ian is currently teaching management and organisation to farmers in Zambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.
Ian is the Chairperson of RMI.
Ian is the Chairperson of RMI.
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.
Jerry Nxumalo has over 25 years of experience as and institutional and agribusiness development facilitator and trainer, with core competences of project management and training for transformation. He has worked for local and international companies in Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Highlights of Jerry’s work in rural agribusiness development include training management for the SWADE implemented projects in the Komati and Lower Usuthu, and business development for Community Owned Enterprises growing and selling sugarcane, seed maize and seed beans. Jerry is currently managing projects implemented by RMI Swaziland. Jerry is a director of RMI and RMI Swaziland
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.