Professor Sam Moyo
Prof Sam Moyo is Professor of Agrarian Studies, founder member and Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS), Zimbabwe, and has a PhD in Rural Development and Environmental Management from the University of Northumbria, United Kingdom
Prof Moyo has led and managed a wide range of policy research, university and civil society organisations in Africa over the last 30 years, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of an International Journal on Agrarian Studies.
He has worked on numerous policy research papers and publications concerning a variety of agrarian issues (including land reform, food, agriculture, energy and environment policies) facing Zimbabwe, the SADC region and Africa. These studies included high-level contacts with- and advice provided to African Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and leaders of various United Nations agencies.
Organisations in which he has played a key role include:
• CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa)
He served as the President (2009-2011), Vice President (1998-2002) and Executive Committee Member (1995-1997) of CODESRIA, a pan-African council that promotes social science research, provides grants and is a publisher in Africa.
• African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS)
He is the founder member and since 2002 has served as Executive Director of AIAS, which undertakes and coordinates policy research on agrarian issues in Africa and maintains collaborative research networks in the Global South.
• Southern Africa Regional Institute for Policy Studies (SARIPS)
Between 1995 and 2001 he led the establishment and maintenance of a Regional Masters Degree in Policy Studies, based in Harare, and served as the Director of SARIPS (1998-2001). The SARIPS provided policy research and training services to high-level policy makers and managers in the SADC region and beyond, including publishing numerous policy monographs, books and journal articles on critical issues.
• University of Zimbabwe/Institute of Development Studies
He was a founding research fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies between 1983 and 1986, and became the head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development from 1987 to 1995. He led numerous policy research teams that undertook primary and secondary research activities on various agrarian questions facing Zimbabwe.
• Government of Zimbabwe
He was head of the Land Reform of the Government of Zimbabwe’s Technical Advisory Team (TAT) from 1998 to 1999.