Dr. Moses Zinnah

    Dr. Moses Zinnah, Minister of Agriculture
    Dr. Moses Zinnah, Minister of Agriculture Photo credit: MOA

    Dr. Moses Zinnah is a distinguished agricultural and rural development expert with over 25 years of vast professional experience in working with individuals and teams in various institutional settings of non-governmental organizations, ministries of agriculture, research institutes, private service providers, and universities in Africa and the United States of America.

    In 2013, Dr. Zinnah was appointed Deputy Minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture where he provided outstanding leadership in the preparation and successful negotiation of several donor-funded agricultural development projects which are being funded by the African Development Bank, World Bank/IDA, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Japanese Trust Fund, Global Environmental Fund and the United Nations Development Program.

    Prior to his appointment as the Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Zinnah served as the first Director of the Program Management Unit (PMU) and Coordinator of the Liberia Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Project (ASRP), from June 2010 to March 2012 at the Ministry of Agriculture, Liberia.

    He was instrumental in the facilitation of the establishment of the Program Management Unit (PMU) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) which now supervises the management and implementation of nine donor-funded agricultural development projects in the Ministry of Agriculture.

    Dr. Zinnah served as the West Africa Regional Coordinator of a multi-stakeholder initiative [Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE)], set up by Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development and Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), to catalyze the reform of higher agricultural education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to enable them to develop and implement innovative, demand-driven agricultural extension programs for mid-career agricultural extension staff that work directly with smallholder farm families to improve their livelihoods. The SAFE initiative has been successfully scaled up from 1 pilot program at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 1993 to 17 programs spread across 9 countries in East, West and Southern Africa.

    He also served as a regional consultant for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in implementation of Pillar IV of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) – improving agricultural research and extension systems, especially the integration of effective agricultural advisory services to disseminate appropriate technologies and increase support given to help farmers to adopt them.

    Dr. Zinnah is one of the champions of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), a continental institution that is strengthening the capacity of African countries to formulate and implement agricultural extension and advisory services policies and strategies at country level to enhance demand-driven and pluralistic public-private provisions of agricultural extension and advisory services.

    Teaching is one of Dr. Zinnah’s passions. He has taught courses and supervised over 100 undergraduate students and supervised the theses/dissertations of over 15 Masters’ and doctoral students at several universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA, University of Cape Coast and Kwadaso Agriculture College in Ghana, Ahmadu Bello University and Bayero University in Nigeria, University of Bobo Doulaso in Burkina Faso, University of Abomey Calavi in Republic of Benin, Alemaya University in Ethiopia and University of Liberia.

    Dr. Zinnah has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Due to his outstanding professional work, in 2003 he was awarded the Outstanding Young Professional Award by the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Association (AIAEE). He was also awarded the Rockefeller Foundation African Career Award from 1998-2000 by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1987–1992, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. degree; and in 1990-1991, he also received the Rockefeller Foundation African Dissertation Award for outstanding work.

    He graduated with Bachelor’s degree in 1980 in General Agriculture from the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia. In May of 1983, he obtained M.Sc. degree in Continuing and Vocational Education (Agricultural and Extension Education option) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Extension Education in 1992 with Minor in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

    Dr. Moses Zinnah is a team player and patriot; he is also a man whose passion is to use agriculture to end hunger, create wealth and jobs and drive equitable economic growth and development in Liberia to lift millions out of poverty. He brings that passion to his new position as the Honorable Minister of Agriculture, where he vows to spearhead major reforms to transform Liberian agriculture sector.