Dr. Musheibu Mohammed – Alfa
A Veterinary Public Health specialist, with a PhD in Veterinary Sanitation, obtained from the Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine, in 1994.
He was born in 1960 in Wa in the Upper West region of Ghana.
He is married with three children.
He started his working life at the Ghana Standards Authority as a Service Personnel, he then proceeded to work as a Research Scientist at the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from1995 to 2003. Whilst there, he served as the Head of the Animal Production and Nutrition Section from 2001 to 2003. He was also the president of the Senior Members Association from 1999 to 2002.
Dr. M.M. Alfa moved to the Food and Drugs Authority in 2003 as a Regulatory Officer and rose through the ranks to the position of Principal Regulatory Officer. During his time at the Food and Drugs Authority, he was Head of the Food Inspectorate Department from 2003 to 2007, and later became Head of the Animal Products and Biosafety Department from 2007 to 2013.
In May 2013, he was called to join government as the Deputy Minister for Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, a position he held until June 2014, when he was reassigned as the Deputy Regional Minister for the Upper West region.
As a scientist, Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa carried out research in a number of areas starting with research in mitigating post-delivery reproductive problems in high-producing cows, whilst working for his MVSc degree. For his PhD degree, he researched into the sterilizing effect of Super High Frequency energy range on contaminated beef. As a research scientist, he researched into the peaceful uses of Biotechnology and Nuclear Science for the improvement of agricultural productivity.
Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa has a number of publications to his credit in the areas of Animal health, Food Safety and Biotechnology. Some of his publications are:
Prophylaxis and Treatment of Placenta Retention in high-producing cows. Journal of Academy, Moscow, 1990.
Studies on the sterilizing effect of super high frequency energy of the microwave range, on pure bacterial cultures. Journal of academy, Moscow, 1994.
Studies on the sterilizing effect of super high frequency energy of the microwave range on beef and beef products contaminated with salmonella. Journal of Academy, Moscow, 1994.
Study on the sterilizing effect of super high frequency energy of the microwave range on microbial toxins in beef. Journal of Academy, Moscow, 1994.
Improving animal health through vaccine development – A case for Recombinant Vaccines. Biotech Ghana, vol. 3, 2010.
Whilst in research, Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa participated in a number of training courses and international conferences, including:
IAEA/FAO International Symposium on Diagnosis and Control of Livestock Diseases using Nuclear and Nuclear-Related Techniques towards disease control in the 21st century. Austria,1997.
2.IAEA/FAO Regional Training Course on Sterile Insect Technique as a component for Integrated Area wide TseTse and Trypanosomiasis Management. Tanzania, 2000.
3.EU Workshop on Dossier Assessment of GM foods meant for placement on the market. Hungary, 2002.
UNEP workshop on Risk Assessment of GM foods. Namibia,2002.
As a food safety regulator, he participated in several training programmes including:
CCFRA Int. Training Course on “ Conducting factory inspections – Technical issues”. Campden, UK, 2006.
US – Africa Codex colloquim . Ghana, 2007.
FAO Regional training workshop on “Intergrated Approach to biosafety”. Ghana, 2007.
Cochran Fellowship course on Meat Inspection and Processing. Bloomington, USA, 2007.
Food Safety Policy Making and Management. Japan, 2009.
Codex Committee Africa SPS workshop. Senegal, 2012.
Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa also participated as a Country Representative in several international conferences, including:
IAEA/FAO conference on Veterinary Drugs Residues Control in Foods. Austria, 2003
High level Int. Food Safety Fora.
Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods.
Alexandria, Washington, USA, 2004
Natal, Brazil, 2008
Burlington , USA, 2010
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012
Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants. China, 2008
Codex Committee Meeting on General Principles. France, 2012.
34th Codex Alimentarius Commission Meeting. Switzerland, 2011.
35th Codex Alimantarius Commission Meeting. Rome, Italy, 2012.
7th AD-Hoc Intergovernmental Codex task force on Animal Feeding. Switzerland, 2013.
In his professional career, Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa also served Ghana in many other ways including:
Participating in the development of a National Regulatory Framework for genetically modified foods.
Serving on 3 National Codex Sub-committees
Meat and Meat Products,
Residues of Veterinary Drugs in foods
Serving on technical committees
The National Biosafety Committee, 2005-2011
The National Traceability Committee, 2010-2011
The National Intellectual Property Policy Committee, 2011-2013.
Dr. M. Mohammed Alfa is a member of the Ghana Science Association and became its executive member for the period 1997 – 1999.
In 2005, for his dedication to practices that promote Universal Moral Values, Strong Family life and Interreligious Cooperation, Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa was honored with the “Ambassador for Peace Award”, by the Interreligious and International Federation of World Peace (IIFWP).
As his hobbies, Dr. M. Mohammed-Alfa enjoys studying religious literature and engaging in political discussions.