Isaac Joseph Minde

Isaac Joseph Minde

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.Sc., University of Dar es Salaam
B.Sc., University of Dar es Salaam

Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

Rm 207,Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
Sokoine University of Agriculture as Deputy Director
Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI)
P. O. Box 3114, Morogoro Tanzania

255 232 600742, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

Isaac Joseph Minde, Professor, International Development joined the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University in 2011, where among other duties, he is the Deputy Director of  The Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI). Within iAGRI, Dr. Minde supervises research activities including competitive collaborative research grants and agricultural policy seminar series.

Before undertaking graduate training, Isaac Minde was a District Agricultural Development Officer, balancing between the ministries of Agriculture and Local Government. Dr. Mined also has a long history with Sokoine University of Agriculture, first arriving on its campus as a student in 1972. Since then, Dr. Minde has worked on many aspects of agricultural development in Africa, holding positions in the Tanzanian government (3 years), Sokoine University of Agriculture teaching at undergraduate and post graduate (12 years) including being chair of department , sub-regional agricultural research organizations (ASARECA) (9 years), and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in IITA and later with ICRISAT(9 years) as Principal Scientist and Head of the Diplomatic Mission in Zimbabwe. In addition, he has knowledge about the organization and operations of the regional political and economic blocs of COMESA, EAC and SADC in eastern and southern Africa.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Initially appointed District Agricultural Development Officer, and this continues to stimulate his interest in smallholder agricultural development.  In this regard, research and extension linkage and the associated factors affecting adoption of crop and natural resource technologies, agricultural policy analysis and policy formulation: dealing with the policy change cycle; moving from data to analysis to dialogue to uptake of policy analysis results by policy makers.
  • As Deputy Project Director of a 5-year agricultural training and research project in Tanzania, currently heavily involved in training a new generation of agricultural managers, teachers and researchers.