Class of 2018: Chigira Hasumi

Japan Graduate Intern (2017 ARI Graduate) “A society where all people can eat safe and clean food, a society where people can live with their own dignity and humanity through organic farming and education aimed at a sustainable society.” After spending last year as a participant in the ARI training program, I am happy to be returning as a Graduate Intern with the class of 2018. I would like to continue my learning here in ARI to build the foundation for accomplishment of My Dream. The general goal for this year is the balanced combination of the theory and the practice. The thing that I especially believe it important for … Read more…

Makiko Takei

ARI Nickname: Makiko Japan Graduate of 2017 Training Assistant “My dream: all people and nature in my community become healthy through practicing organic farming.” After spending last year as a participant in the ARI training program, I am happy to be returning as a Graduate Intern with the class of 2018. My goals are: 1) To gain enough knowledge and confidence to share the skills of organic farming; 2) To share about the importance of diversity and the connection with humans and nature through the philosophy of organic farming; 3) To understand about myself. In the farm section, I’ll improve my skills of farming through working with farm staffs. Also, … Read more…

Rural Leaders:  The Work and Community Impact of Graduates of the Asian Rural Institute

Whether you are new to ARI or a long-time supporter, you may find that explaining ARI – what it is, who it serves, and how it accomplishes its goals – is difficult.  This new book makes such conversations easier.  Through enriching stories and vibrant photographs, it takes the reader on a journey around the world into the homes and communities of ARI graduates, showing how they use what they learned at ARI to effect positive change.

Sushma Pant

Name: Sushma Pant ARI Name: Sushi Year at ARI: 1998 Country: NEPAL Home: Kathmandu Organization: Nepal Bangladesh Bank Position: Jr. Executive Officer Work Area: Kathmandu Other Activities: Chairperson,                                                                                  International Association of Religious Freedom (IARF) Nepal Chapter “I realized people are equal, so we should respect like this.” Born and raised in a Brahmin family, the highest caste in Hindu society, Sushma was taught that she should not take food from people of lower caste nor even touch them. “We [were] brought up that way,” she explains, “and it’s in our mind.” So one thing that particularly impacted her at ARI was how people of different cultures and social … Read more…

U Htilo Elijah Modu

Though Htilo’s home and family are in the town of Loikaw, he spends most of his time up in the mountain village of Shin Phyu Tang, where he manages a 1,000 acre farm, owned by the Catholic Church. The farm’s main crop has long been fruits such as oranges, apples, mangos, jackfruit, bananas, and pineapple, but Htilo is slowly moving over to tea, cardamom, jackol beans, and pine trees, as he feels the soil and climate conditions are better suited to these…..

Kisimbiri Singoro

Faith Kenya was established in 1996 by ARI graduate Wenslause Mukhwana because he wanted to work closer with the people at the grassroots within his own community. Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly in 2009, while Kisi was still in Japan. Upon his return, Kisi took up the reigns, but was soon hit with another devastating blow when his wife, and active member of their farming group, also died.

Emmanuel Ssempiira

Emma is the farm manager and trainer at the St. Patrick’s Centre for Integral Development. As he describes it, he is in charge of everything – from taking care of the animals and gardens to getting people to the hospital to heating up the tea water for guests. The center keeps abundant livestock, including cows, goats, donkeys, rabbits, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens, ducks, and fish.

Andrew Onyango Achar

For over 16 years Andrew worked for the Dagoretti Children’s Center, a project in Nairobi run by Feed the Children. The center cares for orphaned and destitute children as well as those who are physically and mentally challenged and Andrew was brought in to teach both children and young adults about theories and practices in agriculture…..