Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Management

Rausing Executive Development Centre, LUMS

Agriculture is central to robust economic growth, development and alleviating rural poverty in Pakistan.  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. This inability to realize the full potential is rooted in a number of contributing factors, including: slow adoption of technology and modern practices; inefficient management; infrastructural and supply-chain bottlenecks, financing, economic and policy lapses.

This modular executive certificate program is designed to provide participants with leading-edge managerial know-how and skills essential to operate successfully in an agribusiness environment. During the program the participants will gain understanding of the agribusiness economics, technological trends, and market dynamics; enabling them to recognize opportunities and create value for their businesses and respective organisations. 




 The certificate program is designed to deliver following key learning objectives:  

  • Develop ability to assess agribusiness economic environment and value chain; plan and formulate strategies to achieve enterprise targets
  • Develop entrepreneurial abilities essential for recognizing and capitalizing on value creation opportunities
  • Acquire management knowledge, tools and techniques useful in making sound business decisions.
  • Develop business plan for starting up new agribusiness venture
  • Appreciate impact of market forces, technology and global trends on agricultural enterprises and the importance of managing risks
  • Develop and sharpen leadership competencies to motivate and effectively manage human resources
  • Benefit from the weekend structure of the program, while allowing participants to hold their full-time jobs


Field visits and interactions with agribusiness experts is an intgral part of ECAM program, providing a good blend between theory and practice of agribusiness management. below are few examples of field visits of the ECAM participants during 2014 - 18.

  • Mitchells Farms and Shahsabz Agro Farm (Rinala Khurd)
  • Ali Tareen Farms (Lodhran)
  • Mumtaz Khan Manais Farm (Tibba Sultan Pur)
  • Mango Pulp Extraction (SMEDA – Multan)
  • University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (Pattoki)
  • Arjumand Shakir Farms and JDW Orchids (Rahim Yar Khan)
  • Crescent Cotton Products (Jaranwala)
  • Ayub Agriculture Research Institute & University of Agriculture (Faisalabad)
  • Zahid Kinnow Orchards & Processing Facility (Sargodha)
  • Nishat Dairies (Sukheki)
  • Izhar Farms (Kalar Kahar)
  • Monsento Research Centre (Manga Mandi)
  • Oasis Farm (Manga Mandi)
  • Pine Dairy (Sheikhupura)
  • Minha Dairy Farm (Manga Mandi)
  • Cheema Dairy Farms (Gujranwala)
  • Yuksel Seeds


  • The course materials will be taught using the practical viewpoint through the case method approach – the hallmark of LUMS
  • Guest speakers representing experts, policy makers, and agribusiness leaders from diverse business segments (dairy, horticulture, etc.) will share their experiences with the program participants on regular intervals
  • To provide practical exposure, an experiential component includes field visits and interactions with experts from various subsectors of agriculture
  • The ECAM learning experience is rigorous and application driven. Grading and assessment is an integral part of the teaching methodology

One of the key features of the program is speaker sessions with leading industry experts, policy makers and agribusiness leaders and senior executives from diverse business segments.


The program is designed for: 

  • Agribusiness managers, processors, producers, providers of agri-credit, farm managers and others involved at various stages of the agricultural produce value chain.

  • Other stakeholders in the agriculture sector, including: potential and current investors in high-value agriculture, livestock and dairy farming, and agribusinesses; agriculture commodity traders and exporters; and managers of agricultural input producers (seed, fertilizers, chemical, feed, etc.) 

  • Professionals of life sciences, food sciences, researchers at private and government institutions related to agriculture who desire to acquire cutting-edge business knowledge relevant to agribusiness.

The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals; the alternate weekend structure of the program allows the participants to hold their full-time jobs.

A minimum educational qualification of a bachelor’s degree and atleast 2 years of experience is required for participation.

ECAM program participants have included executives from various agribusiness segments, agri entrepreneurs, farm owners, and others involved in the agribusiness value chains. Diversity of program participants brings together enormous experiences and agribusiness knowledge, creating an enriching learning environment and networking opportunity. Participant diversity is a distinctive strength of the ECAM program.




Program Director
Assistant Professor
PhD, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Research Interests:
Supply Chain Management; Technology and Innovation in Supply Chain Relationships; Social and Environmental Compliance in Supply Chain Relationships; Operations Management
Co-Program Director

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Nottingham, England
Research Interest:
Analytical and Optimization Modelling for Time Constrained Service Systems

Program Fee TBA
* Program fee includes tuition cost, reading material, tea and lunch served during the program. 


Accommodation is arranged on request and as per availability at Rausing Executive Development Centre. The residential fee for participant's stay  at REDC-LUMS is PKR 9,000 per night for participant (inclusive of breakfast and dinner). You are, however, requested to inform us of the time of your arrival and departure.

We offer single bed accommodation at the Rausing Executive Centre. Each bedroom with attached bathroom is equipped with mini-fridge, writing desk and direct dial STD/ISD telephone and cable TV. All bedrooms at REC are internet-ready. Please note we do not provide accommodation for drivers accompanying participants.

Applications will be screened with regard to their suitability for each program. Kindly ensure that your complete online application form reaches the office by the deadline. Incomplete application forms will not be entertained.

Payment is due upon receipt of the acceptance letter along with the invoice. Please ensure that the payment reaches the office BEFORE the start of the program. Space in the program may only be ensured after we receive the fee.

Our preferred mode of payment is by cheque/banker’s draft payable to Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Please send the cheque to:
Marketing Manager
Rausing Executive Development Centre
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Opposite Sector "U", DHA, Lahore - 54792
Tel: +92-42-35608119-8243

* LUMS is a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Ordinance 2001. Accordingly, the income of LUMS is not tax deductible/collectable.

If you are unable to attend a registered course, we will accept a substitute until 2 working days before the program. Substitute candidates will be subject to the same selection process as the original one. If you wish to cancel your name from a program, please notify in writing or on call at least 5 working days before the program. In case of late cancellation, course fee will be refunded after deducting an application processing fee of PKR 40,000.

It is possible to transfer deposited fee to any open enrollment program within 3 years. Transfers should be notified at least 5 working days before the program. In case the participant or sponsoring organization fails to utilize the funds within 3 years, the deposited fee will be forfeited.

Note: REDC may cancel or postpone a program. In this case, university will refund registration fee but will not be responsible for any other related charges/expenses including cancellation/change charges by airline and travel agencies.

In case of postponement, the fee may be transferred to the rescheduled offering of that program or any other program as an alternate to refund. The University reserves the right to make changes in its program policies and fees at any time.


“ECAM is really a certificate course which is helpful to convert Agri-business from non-strategic, non-planned business to a real management business”

Dr. Umer Farooq - DRDF


“A very comprehensive and value adding program, giving a true insight of the future lucrative aspects in agribusiness”

Mr. Haroon Tahir - Angro Hub (Pvt.) Ltd.

“The program has equipped us with new concepts and tools that are very helpful in improving and implementing agribusiness decisions”

Omair Haassan Bodla - Bodla Agri Farm