Honorable Jeanine M. Cooper
The Honorable Jeanine M. Cooper is the Minister of Agriculture of Liberia. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1982 with a double B.A. in Business Administration and in French; and she has an MSc in Managing Rural Change from the University of London, Imperial College at Wye in 2003. Cooper has supported community-initiated agricultural projects and served on the board of directors of developmental bodies and educational institutions in Liberia and in Côte d’Ivoire. Following her time with VSF-S, Mde. Cooper served 13 years with the United Nations. Her, last posting was as the Permanent Observer to the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa and, Head of the Liaison Office for the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). Ms. Cooper also held postings with the UN-OCHA in Kenya and for the Eastern and Southern Africa region.
Honorable Jeanine Cooper founded FABRAR Liberia, currently Liberia's largest rice processor and producer, in 2009 and was managing the company from January 2017 to 2020.
The new minister has detailed a vision of the transformation of Liberian agriculture; a visioMadeenteredan on elevation of Liberian farmers from subsistence farming to commercial smallholders. A vision to ensure the supply of quality agricultural products produced in a sustainable and organic manner prized in today’s market.