In 2014, Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Management (ECAM) – a programme offered by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan - marked the completion of a successful first year.
The first batch of 36 participants, including 15 Nestlé participants, of the year-long modular certificate programme included executives from industries including dairy, fertilizers, livestock, exports and processing as well as farmers.
According to a World Bank report, national average yields of major crops like wheat and rice in Pakistan are only 55% of progressive farmer yields, the highest achievable yields in the country. ECAM is an endeavour which was launched to provide impetus in the agricultural sector pivotal for economic growth, development and alleviation of poverty in Pakistan.
LUMS and Nestlé Pakistan will continue their collaboration for ECAM during 2015.
"Agriculture, if utilised to its full potential, can go a long way in helping alleviate poverty. There is tremendous opportunity for us to improve the skills at farm level by teaching the farmer. There is so much to learn and there is enough of knowledge available. The sky is the limit."
Syed Babar Ali, Pro-Chancellor LUMS and Member Board of Directors Nestlé Pakistan
"I am quite proud of this collaboration since it is aimed at bridging the gap between business knowledge and farming techniques, equipping people with a complete toolkit for success. Trained professionals will ensure Pakistan can compete with other agricultural economies of the world."
Magdi Batato, Managing Director Nestlé Pakistan
"ECAM is a natural conglomeration of ideas, bringing professionalism, best management practices and high technology to the agriculture sector."
Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Vice Chancellor LUMS