Florence Chenoweth

Former Minister of Agriculture, Liberia

Florence Chenoweth's Story

Dr. Florence Chenoweth is an influential  global agriculture development and human rights expert, with more than 35 years of experience in developing policies and programmes, agricultural education and rural development, collaborating across political organisations at the local, state and international levels.

Prior to accepting the appointment as Liberia's Minister of Agriculture in 2009, Dr Chenoweth was Distinguished International Visitor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Managing Director of the Wisconsin Human Rights Initiative.  Previously she was Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Liaison Office in New York (LON) and Representative to the UN between 2001 and 2007.  Earlier, Dr Chenoweth worked with FAO in South Africa and The Gambia and served as Chief of Party and advisor in Zambia.

She started her career in Liberia, where she worked in the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture. Dr Chenoweth became Liberia's (and Africa's) first female Minister of Agriculture at the age of 32, serving from 1977 to 1979. She earned her doctorate in Land Resources at University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she has also been awarded Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Human Letters.