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Gabriel Sunday UMOH

(Professor of Agricultural & Development Economics)

Professor Umoh is an activist with eyes on service. As a student, he was:

      · the Secretary, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), Unicross Chapter, (1988-1989),
      · the President, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), Unicross Chapter, (1989-1999).
      · Chairman, Students Consultative Committee, Okuku Campus, Unicross
He used his position as NAAS President to ensure that Unicross and Uniuyo graduates of agriculture obtained B. Agriculture degree with specialization. Professor Umoh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Human Development Centre (AHDC), a Non-Governmental Organization with a mission of promoting the socio-economic and political development of women, children and vulnerable groups through advocacy, capacity building and modeling service delivery. Through this NGO, Prof. Umoh has invested enormously in community development, particularly on children and women development, social infrastructure (health, education and income- generating facilities).

Prof. Umoh is a member in several professional bodies, some of which include Life Member of Nigerian Economic Society, Member, International Water Resources Association etc. He has won several awards including

      (i) Akwa Ibom State Scholar (1988 – 1991),
      (ii) Federal Government of Nigeria's Scholar (1993) and more
He has won many research and travelling grants from international agencies includin,
  • Canadian International Development Agency(CIDA, 2011),
  • International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP, 2000)
Prof. Umoh is listed in the Silver Jubilee Edition of Who's Who in Akwa Ibom State, 2012.

He is a proud holder of 2 traditional titles:

      1. Iberedem (Pillar) Iman Ibom
      2. Unwana (Light) of Ikot Ukpong Iman.
He is a member of Edidem's (Paramount Rulers') Advisory Council, Iman Ibom (Etinan)

To date he has impacted on over 36 communities in Akwa Ibom State. Prof. Umoh is a Master Trainer and has built the capacity of over 500 civil society organizations, and several early career development practitioners across Nigeria. He is the Chairman of a pan African movement- Africans Rising Movement (ARM), Nigeria- a continent-wide movement for justice, peace and sustainable development of African countries. Professor Gabriel Umoh is the President of the University of Uyo Alumni Association, Worldwide. As an Economist, he has effectively used his knowledge and skills to reposition the Association which is currently constructing a 62 room Guest House with 1400 sitting capacity Event Centre. It has awarded grant to support higher education of members. Professor Umoh is the architect of “UNIUYO IS A BRAND, PROTECT IT” campaign.

Professor Umoh likes putting back into the system that made him. In 2014, he instituted a prize- PROFESSOR GABRIEL UMOH'S PRIZE for the best graduating student in Agricultural Economics. His alma mater at various levels of education have also benefitted from his philanthropy.

Prof. Umoh has 23 years of teaching and research experience in the University. He teaches Research Methods, Agricultural Policy and Development, Environmental Economics, Production Economics, Project Management both at the Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels. He has supervised about 100 Undergraduate and 20 Postgraduate students including PhDs. Prof. Umoh has published widely in both international and national academic journals. He has over 80 publications and still counting. He is the lead author of the book: Adaptation to Climate Change: Agricultural Ecosystems and Gender Dimensions, published by Xlibris, UK.

He is happily married to Dr. Mrs. Nsikak Umoh, Ph.D and the marriage is blessed with five lovely children.

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  • Ikot Ukpong Iman, Etinan LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • September 13
  • Director, Centre for Wetlands and Waste Management Studies,
  • Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension
  • 234(0)8033564817
  • gsumoh@hotmail.com; gabrielumoh@uniuyo.edu.ng
  • www.gabrielumoh.com.ng
  • Nigerian






Yoruba (fairly)




Group School

Ikot Umiang Ede/Ikot Ukpong Iman, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria


Etinan Institute

Etinan, Akwa Ibam State, Nigeria




B.Agric Economics/Extension

University of Cross River State (now, University of Uyo), Nigeria



Agricultural Economics

University of Ibadan, Nigeria



Agricultural Economics

University of Ibadan, Nigeria


  1. Certificate in PDIA(Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation), Harvard University, USA, 2016
  2. Certificate in Advanced Computer Appreciation, Digital Bridge, Nigeria
  3. Certificate in Social Movement Skills, MS CTDC, Arusha, Tanzania, 2016
  4. UNDP- Security
  5. Certificate in Leadership Management, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), 2014
  6. Diploma in Code of Conduct, Shell Petroleum Development Company, 2015.


  1. Akwa Ibom State Government undergraduate scholarship, 1988-1991

  2. Federal Government of Nigeria postgraduate scholarship, 1993-1995

  3. Honoured with Chieftaincy/Traditional Title of Obong Unwana (Light Bearer) of Ikot Ukpong Iman, Etinan LGA, 2005

  4. Honoured with Chieftaincy/Traditional Title of Iberedem (Pillar) of Iman Ibom Clan, 2006.

  5. Listed as Distinguished Personality in Who is Who in AkwaIbom State, 2012

  6. Fellow, Salzburg Seminar Session 400, 2001

  7. National Youth Council, Etinan Local Government Chapter (2007)

  8. National Ibibio Youth Forum (2007) Excellence Award in Appreciation of Outstanding Contributions to the general Development of AkwaIbom State and Nigeria

  9. Institute of Industrial Administration (2008) Education Leadership Award for a Successful Public Service Career Administrative Competence, Leadership Excellence and Dynamism in School Administration.

  10. National Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), University of Uyo Chapter (2008). An Award of Honour as Agent of Change in Recognition of Contributions to the Development of the Association, Agriculture and the Society.

  11. Ally Development Network (2008) Award of Excellence in Recognition of Immense Contributions to the Development of Rural Communities and Mentoring of Civil Society Organizations in AkwaIbom State

  12. Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Grant (No. 22/T97) for PhD Research on “Economics of Wetlands farming in AkwaIbom State, Nigeria” (1998)

  13. African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Small Grant for research on “Impacts of Exchange Rate on Agricultural Production in Nigeria (1970-1998)”                                                          -1998

  14. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)/Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change (BNRCC) Research Grant for research on “Adaptation to Climate Variability for Farming Households in the Niger Delta Region, Nigeria” (2008-2011)

  15. British Council Research Links Grant for Collaborative Workshop between University of Uyo and Aberystwyth University (UK) On “Future Proofing Agricultural Production Against Environmental Change”-2015

  16. Travelling Grant by African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya, (May, 1998)

  17. Travelling Grant by African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya (December, 1998)

  18. Travelling Grant by International Human Dimensions Programme in Environmental Change  (IHDP),  (2000)

  19. Travelling Grant by African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya      (May, 2001)

  20. Travelling Grant by African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya (November, 2001)

  21. Travelling Grant by Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) (March, 2001)

  22. Travelling Grant to Ghana by Gender and Economic Reforms in Africa (GERA), Accra,  Ghana (November,2002)

  23. Travelling Grant by Salzburg Seminar/USA Information Agency, Nigeria (July, 2002)

  24. Travelling Grant by International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change(IHDP)/UNDP (October, 2008)

  25. Travelling Grant by ActionAid Nigeria (August, 2016) 

  26. TETFUND Research for research on Triggering Resilient Agriculture in the Cross River Basin, (2017)



  1. Contract Fishing and the Performance of Artisanal Fishermen in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis, 2014 (PhD, completed)

  2. Analysis of Economic Burden of Malaria on Agricultural Production in Nigeria: An Agro-ecological Perspective, 2015 (PhD, completed)

  3. Fishing in Changing Climate: The Vulnerability and Adaptation of Fishers in Coastal Communities of Akwa Ibom State (PhD, on-going)

  4. Analysis of the Impacts of Conflict on Agricultural Productivity in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, 2007 (M.Sc, completed)

  5. Analysis of the Impacts of Macro-economic Policies on Capture Fisheries in Nigeria (1970-2000), 2006 (M.Sc, completed)

  6. Gender Analysis of Labour Supply in Public Agricultural Institutions in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, 2008 (M.Sc. completed)

  7. Analysis of Impact of Climate Variability on Agricultural Output in Nigeria (1970-2006), 2010 (M.Sc, completed)

  8. The Impact of Integrated Community Development Project on Rural Communities’ Welfare in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, 2007 (M.Sc, completed)

  9. Impact of National Fadama II Project on Agricultural Productivity in Imo State, 2009 (M.Sc, completed)

  10. Food Consumption, Income Distribution and Quality of Life in Uyo Metropolis, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, 2014 (M.Sc, completed).

  11. Comparative Analysis of the Effects of National Fadama Development Project on Agricultural Commercialization by Arable Crop Farmers, 2016 (M.Sc, completed)

  12. Environmental Risks Management by Wetlands Farmers in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, 2019 (M.Sc, completed).

  13. A Study of Avifauna of Wetlands of Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, 2019 (M.Sc, completed)

  14. Assessment of Livelihood Vulnerability in a Perturbed Ecosystem of Okorombokho, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa Ibom State, 2019 (M.Sc, completed).


  1. Quantitative Research Methods

  2. Agricultural Policy, Planning and Development

  3. Project Management

  4. Production Economics

  5. Environmental Economics

  6. Financial Management

  7. Principles of Agricultural Economics (Macroeconomics)


  1. Agricultural Policy

  2. Agricultural Development

  3. Environmental Economics

  4. Production Economics


  1. Member, Nigerian Economic Society (Life Member)

  2. Member, International Water Resources Association (IWRA)

  3. Member, International Association of Women in Development, Canada.

  4. Member, Nigerian Environmental Study and Action Team (NEST)

  5. Member, Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN)

  6. Member, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (Life Member).

  7. Member, Nigerian Rural sociological Association (NRSA)


A: Selected Government Responsibilities:

  1. Member, Akwa Ibom State Technical Committee for the development of Social Investment Framework(2016)
  2. Team Lead, Etinan Local Economic Empowerment and Development Study/Documentation
  3. Consultant, Economic Mapping of Etinan Local Government Area, 2013.


B: Selected Professional Responsibilities:

  1. Editor, Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Economics
  2. Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, 5th Conference, Nigerian Rural Sociological Association
  3. Business Manager, Nigerian Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environment, 2005-2010
  4. Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Journal of Agricultural Economics & Extension, 2018-date
  5. Chairman, Scientific Committee, 6th Annual Conference of Society for Biological Conservation, 2018.
  6. Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Annual Conference of Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economics, 2020


C: Selected University Responsibilities:

  1. Director, Centre for wetlands and Waste Management Studies, 2014 to date
  1. Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Uyo (2010-2012), (2013-2015)
  2. Member, The Governing Council of the University of Uyo- 2014 to date)
  3. Member, University of Uyo Senate, 2008 to date
  4. Member, Governing Council Committee to Monitor Projects in the University, 2017 
  1. Member, Community Relations Committee, 2015
  2. Member, Appointments and Promotions Committee (Junior Staff), 2015 to date
  3. Member, Business Advisory Board, entrepreneurial action us (enactus), University of Uyo, 2013
  4. Member, Advisory Board, Uniuyo Consultancy Ltd, 2016 to date
  5. Staff Adviser, National Association of Agricultural Students


D: Selected Corporate Responsibilities:

  1. Chairman, African Human Development Centre, 2004-date
  2. Chairman, Herald Agribusiness College, 2017-date
  3. Member, Board Audit Committee, Prospects Microfinance Bank, 2015 -date



  1. University of Calabar, Calabar (Postgraduate), 2007-present
  2. Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (Undergraduate) 2016-present


  1. Rural Livelihoods, Resources Extraction in Niger Delta Wetlands 2000-2002 (Completed)
  2. Environmental Change and Human Security in Nigeria 2001- 2005 (completed) 
  3. Adaptation to Climate Variability by Farming Households in the Niger Delta Region (2008- 2011), (completed)
  4. Triggering Resilient Agriculture in the Cross River Floodplains(Project TRag), (2013 to date) (ongoing).
  1. Cocoyam Resuscitation & Promotion Project (CoRePP), 2013 to date(ongoing)
  1. Mangrove Village Project (MVP), Okorombokho, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa Ibom State (2016-date) (ongoing).


  1. Led University of Uyo Alumni Association for 5 years (2014-2019), constructed Uniuyo Alumni Guesthouse/Events Centre, Uniuyo Alumni Bookshop/Business Centre
  2. Biannually support education of over 1000 children in 14 communities across 4 local Government of Akwa Ibom State with education & hygiene materials (2011 to date).
  3. Provide psycho-social supports to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in 6 communities in Akwa Ibom State, 2016-2019
  4. Promote Healthcare seeking behaviour of pregnant women through referral & Resuscitation of Ward Health Development Committees in Akwa Ibom State
  5. Promote Women Empowerment through establishment of a Network of Women Peer Educators of Nigeria (NEWPEN)
  6. Build classroom blocks, primary health centres, water boreholes, markets, agro-processing centres, rural roads and skill acquisition centres in 14 communities of Akwa Ibom State.
  7. Award Prize (Prof. Gabriel Umoh’s Prize) for the best graduating Student in Agricultural Economics.
  8. Give regular radio and television talks on environment, Public Policies and governance.
  9. Build capacity of high level government officials in various aspects of public sector management
  10. Special Road Safety Marshall, Unit 13, 2015 to date.


  1. Consultant- National Fadama III Mid Term Progression in Income, Production and Sustainability Evaluation (2011): Design of instruments of data collection, training of Enumerators and Supervisors and coordination of field data collection. Collected secondary data, code and analyzed data and wrote report.
  2. Consultant- Zonal Technical Officer (UNDP supported-South South zone), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2011-2013: Responsibilities include coordinating technical project proposal writing, peer learning, technical backstopping for 18 Technical Assistants. Liaison between States, Local Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Implementation of MDGs in 18 Local Government Areas across 6 States. Analysis of capacity gaps, and training of Technical Assistants and Government functionaries.
  3. Socio-economist, European Union Micro-projects Programme in Nine Niger Delta States (MPP9) (September 2010- September, 2011): Responsibilities include: Planning & coordinating socioeconomic research issues, community mobilisation processes by the civil society organizations; providing technical support for the development of gender sensitive media campaigns; coordinated communities, Local Governemnt Authorities & CSOs training involving water and sanitation, health education and community orientate approaches to project development.
  4. Consultant, National Food Reserve Agency Commercial Agriculture Production Sites Survey (2010): Conducted a survey of potential commercial farming production sites in the three senatorial districts of AkwaIbom State. Collected secondary data from agricultural institutions –ADP, Ministry of Agriculture, etc. Analyzed the data, wrote and submitted study report.
  5. Consultant, Baseline Survey World Bank/Federal Government of Nigeria Fadama III project 2009-2010: Trained field data collectors, coordinated data collection, analysed data and prepare report.
  6. Zonal Programme Mentor (South Eastern Nigeria) European Union INSIDE(Increasing Non-State Actors Implementation & Development Expertise) (May-October, 2009): Responsibilities include: Baseline survey of civil societies, evaluation of the CSOs, organization and facilitation of training workshops, mentoring of CSOs; liaising with government, donor agencies, and the private sector; setting up and managing zonal office/personnel and making monthly report to the Programme Management Unit.
  7. Rural Sociologist/Social Anthropologist (May 2003 to April, 2008): European Union Micro projects Programme in Six States of the Niger Delta. Project Number 7 ACP UNI 059 Extensive experience in community based project development. Coordinate participatory planning and management of project by partners- MPP6 (Donor), CSOs, communities and Local Government Councils in Six Niger Delta States. Coordinate Programme (MPP6) relationship with Local and State Governments in Abia, AkwaIbom, Cross River, Edo, Imo and Ondo States. Designed the Micro Project Cycle for MPP6 including monitoring and evaluation instruments. Trained programme staff on PRA/PLA, RRA, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation. Conducted operation researches and case studies. Developed, trained staff on Conflict Sensitive Approach to Projects Development (CSAPD). Anchor pilot CSAPD projects as well as Micro Irrigation Projects to dry season vegetable farmers. Conducted monitoring and evaluation of projects across the programme area. Participated in preparing annual Programme Estimates. Anchor all conflict management and programme-governments/community relationships
  8. Rural Sociologist(May – June 2007): USAID/Chemonics International Inc. Feasibility Study for Mini Dairy Plant in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja   (A joint project of USAID/Markets and Raw Materials Research Institute). Led agro economic component in a multi-disciplinary team to conduct Feasibility Studies for the establishment of  Mini-Dairy in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Conducted value chain analysis for dairy products, demand and market size analyses.
  9. Agro Economist: Citizen’s International/New Nigerian Foundation/ AkwaIbom State Government Cassava Competitiveness Project (2002-2003): Mobilize communities to participate in the programme. Carry out market (both local and global markets) for cassava and cassava products. Jointly authored the Feasibility Report.
  10. Team Member, Local Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (LEEDS), Etinan Local Government Area, AkwaIbom State (Marc – October, 2007): Conducted  needs assessment of rural communities and documented same in the LEEDS document. Consulted Local Government Officials, politicians, traditional chiefs, women and other leaders to obtain their inputs into the community development document. Also was the Secretary of the LEEDS Drafting Sub –Committee.
  11. Social Impact Assessment Expert (June – October 2004) ExxonMobil Gas Re injection Project:  Led a team of EIA experts to collect quantitative and qualitative data on potential impact of proposed gas re injection project. Analysed the data and wrote report.  Also organized stakeholders’ workshop to review EIA report.
  12. Rural Development Expert /Researcher/Field Coordinator (2002) Gender and Economic Reforms in Africa (GERA - Ghana): Collected, analysed data and prepared report on the impact of Multinational Corporations on the Livelihoods of women in the Niger Delta. This project involved the preparation of data collection instrumentand collating data using both sociological and inferential statistical methods. Community mapping was performed using one-meter pan –sharpened multispectral image. A comprehensive report of the study was also written.
  13. Socioeconomic (October- December 1995): UNIUYO Consult Environmental Impact Assessment of Ekeya Okobo Rehabilitation Centre. Prepared data collection instrument, held consultation with stakeholders and conducted a survey on the impact of the proposed Rehabilitation Centre on the socio and economic lives of the people, particularly their livelihoods. Analysed the data and wrote the report.

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Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension, University of Uyo, PMB, 1017, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria


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