College Overview

The Government of the Republic of Liberia in 1966 sought the assistance of the United Nations Development Fund (UDP) in creating a College of Agriculture and Forestry as a faculty of the University of Liberia. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was designated as the executing agency.  The project derived from two others: a Forestry School developed in 1956, under the Expanded Program of Technical Assistance (EPTA), and a College of Agriculture established in 1962 assisted by the UNDP fund.  In both cases FAO was the executing agency.

The EPTA Forestry Project was succeeded in 1964 by a Special Fund Project planned to end in 1968. The Agriculture Training and Research Project had been approved by the Governing Council of the Special Fund in December 1960, and extended in 1967. The Government decided, based on the advice of UNDP and FAO, to merge the two projects in 1967 into the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia.
Presently there are five undergraduate (B.Sc.) degree-granting departments and 1 non-degree granting department in the College of Agriculture and Forestry, including:

  1. Department of General Agriculture
  2. Department of General Forestry
  3. Department of Agronomy
  4. Department of Home Science and Community Development
  5. Department of Wood Science and Technology
  6. Department of Agricultural Extension – non-degree granting

About the Dean

Associate Professor Moses M. Zinnah, Ph.D.

Prof. Moses M. Zinnah is a distinguished Liberian agriculturist with over 30 years of experience in private and private sectors. He is Dean of the William Richard Tolbert College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Liberia. Prior to his recent position he served in several high-level positions in the Government of Liberia, including Deputy Minister and Minister of Agriculture.

Prof. Zinnah served with distinction from 1993-2008 as the West Africa Regional Coordinator of a multi-stakeholder initiative [Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE)] set up by Winrock International and Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) to reform higher agricultural education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to enable them to develop and implement innovative, demand-driven agricultural extension training programs for mid-career agricultural extension staff that work directly with smallholder farm families to improve their livelihoods. The SAFE project has been successfully scaled up from 1 pilot program at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana in 1993 to over 25 innovative programs spread across 9 countries in Africa.

Prof. Zinnah has taught and supervised students at numerous colleges and universities since 1983, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA, University of Cape Coast and University of 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 the University of Liberia. He has published over 30 professional peer-reviewed 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 is also a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation African Career Award, and the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship.

Prof. Zinnah holds a B.Sc. degree in General Agriculture from the University of Liberia, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural and Extension Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

College Administrative Officers

Name Qualification/Degrees Earned Title/Position
Dr. Moses M. Zinnah B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. & Dean
Mr. John T. Woods B.Sc./M.Sc. Prof. & Assoc. Dean of Forestry
Mr. Leroy W. Cegbe B.Sc./M.Ed./LLB. Asst. Prof. & Assoc. Dean of Agriculture
Mr. Oliver Tarzo B.Sc. Administrative Assistant
Mr. C. A. Andrew Sarwah B.Sc. Office Assistant
Mr. Alphonso Davies B.A. Expeditor
Mrs. Deddeh Azango Certificate Secretary

Department of General Agriculture

The Department of General Agriculture was established in 1967.  It offers a 4-year curriculum in a wide range of courses leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in General Agriculture.

The department provides interdisciplinary training in the agricultural sciences which consist of the various specialized disciplines in the agricultural profession. The curriculum consists of Crop Science, Soil Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Engineering, Statistic and Marketing, Agriculture Economics, and Farm Management. Other supporting courses are Agricultural Extension, Genetics and Breeding, Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Department of General Agriculture Faculty

Name Qualification/Degree Earned Title/Position
Mr. C. Morlee Mendscole B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor/Chair
Dr. Roland C. Massaquoi B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D. Assoc. Professor
Mr. Patrick Kiadii B.Sc./M.Sc. Assoc. Professor
Mr. Kpadeh K. Koikoi B.Sc./DVM Instructor
Mr. Daniel M. Koivogui DVM Instructor
Mr. Dulce M. Korboi DVM Instructor
Mr. Mustapha M. Johnson B.Sc. Research Assistant
Mr. George Popeh B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Mr. Sapuleh Tokpah B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Mr. Ambulah Scott B.Sc. Research Assistant

Department of Agronomy

The Department of Agronomy was established College of Agriculture and Forestry against the backdrop of increasing demand for specialized skills in agriculture owing to the diverse nature of the agriculture sector. The department offers a 4-year curriculum leading to the award of B.Sc. degree in Agronomy.

The course of study in agronomy emphasizes basic understanding of relevant courses in pure and applied sciences as well as specific orientation or career path in four (4) agronomic options or areas of specialization including: 1) Crop Production, 2) Crop Protection, 3) Soil Science, and 4) Horticulture.  Students pursuing studies in agronomy are required to select one of these four agronomy options as area of concentration.

Department of Agronomy Faculty

Name Qualification/Degrees Earned Title/Position
Mr. Daniel F. Barclay B.Sc./M.Sc./MSCD Chair/Instructor I
Mr. Edward G. Smith B.Sc./MPhil Assoc. Professor
Dr. James S. Kiazolu B.Sc./ M.Sc./ Ph.D. Director/Professor
Dr. Sarwee J. Faeflen B.Sc./M.Sc./ Ph.D. Asst. Professor
Mr. Franklin W. Philips B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor
Mr. William T. Swen B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor
Mr. Emmanuel G. Vah B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. William S. Kollie B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Henry Nyumah B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Momo Z. Morris B.Sc./ Adv. Diploma/LLb. Instructor
Mr. Gregory S. Taplah B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mrs. Lovetta Gleehia-Kerkula B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. David Z. Mayango B.Sc. Sr. Demonstrator
Mr. Roland Voker B.Sc. Research Assistant
Ms. Rena Kokeh B.Sc. Soil Lab. Technician
Mr. Augustine Alfred Certificate Part-time Secretary

Department of General Forestry

The Department of Forestry began as the School of Forestry of the University of Liberia in 1956.  The College of Agriculture was established in 1962 assisted by the UNDP fund. FAO was the executing agency of both programs. The Government decided, on the advice of UNDP and FAO, to merge the two projects in 1967 into the College of Agriculture and Forestry. Under this expanded arrangement the School of Forestry became the Department of Forestry as part the new College of Agriculture and Forestry.  The Department of General Forestry offers a 4-year curriculum in a wide range of areas leading to the award of B.Sc. degree in General Forestry.

 Department of General Forestry Faculty

Name Qualification/Degrees Earned Title/Position
Mr. William K. Desbordes B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor/ Chairman
Mr. John T. Woods B.Sc./M.Sc. Prof. & Assoc. Dean/Forestry
Dr. Johnson J. Geply B.Sc./M.Sc./ Ph.D. Asst. Professor
Mr. Jerome G. N. Nyenka B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor
Mr. William J- W. Draper B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor
Mr. Sormongar S. Zwuen B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor
Mr. Jerry S. Yekeh B.Sc./M.Sc. Asst. Professor
Mr. James T. Kpadehyea B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. S. Molubah L. Woi B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Albertha K. Mulbah B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Augustine A.S. Teekloh B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Michael P. Bohlen B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Moses Massah B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Johnson B. Zleh B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Benedictus Freeman B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor
Mr. Anthony J. Koigbli B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Mr. Weegie Mulbah B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Mr. Otis M. Arku B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Mr. Mulbah Y. Kortimai B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Mr. Garwolo F. Gbazawulu B.Sc. Teaching Assistant
Dr. Sam Koffa B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D. Instructor
Mr. Shadrach Kerwillain B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor

Department of Wood Science and Technology

The Department of Wood Science and Technology was established in 1976 and enrolled its first batch of students in 1977.  The Department offers a 4-year curriculum in a wide range of areas leading to the award of B.Sc. degree in Wood Science and Technology.

Department of Wood Science and Technology Faculty

Name Qualification/Degrees Earned Title/Position
Mr. Othello Bleedy B.Sc. Instructor/Chairman
Mr. Robert Wallace B.Sc./M.Sc. Instructor

Department of Agricultural and Extension Education

The Department of Agriculture Extension Education is one of the six academic departments in the College of Agriculture and Forestry. Since its establishment in the early 1970s it has operated as a non-degree granting department but offers service courses to the other departments. In addition to offering service courses, prior to the civil war, the Department offered short-term courses in various agricultural disciplines ranging from one week to three months.

Agricultural extension and advisory service plays major roles in the overall enhancement of agricultural activities in Liberia and the world at large. Having a department of agricultural extension that offers only service courses is a disservice to students majoring in agriculture and the agricultural sector in general.  Extension offers a wide range of service delivery and technology transfer to farmers. For example, extension accomplishes its mission through three main conceptual models (technology transfer, problem solving and imparting knowledge). Contingent on the role extension plays in agricultural development, the department considers it expedient to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Agricultural and Extension Education beginning in 2019.     

Department of Agricultural and Extension Education Faculty

Name Qualification/Degrees Earned Title/Position
Dr. Samuel N. Duo B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D. Assist. Prof./Chair of Department
Dr. Moses M. Zinnah B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D. Assoc. Prof./Dean
Mr. Leroy W. Cegbe B.Sc./M.Ed. Assist. Prof./Assoc. Dean
Mr. Woloba M. Sumo B.Sc./MPhil Instructor
Mr. Charles Dorbor B.Sc. Teaching/Research Assistant
Mr. Beyan Yeke B.Sc. Teaching/Research Assistant