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Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere

  • Ph.D.
  • Director of Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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  • 135

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Research interests

• Economic and business development policies and management with special emphasis on food and agriculture health and nutrition regional cooperation and international trade; quantitative decision modeling; knowledge management and innovations for develop

About

Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, a native of Ghana took up an appointment with IFPRI on November 6, 2006 after a long career with University of Ghana, Legon where he rose to become full professor in 1997 and vice-chancellor (chief executive) in 2002. Before then he was the director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of University of Ghana from 1997 to 2002. He has also worked with the World Bank, Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Ghana Cocoa Board. He has researched widely on economic development issues and policies and published extensively in the areas of agriculture, international trade, health and nutrition. He has participated in the development of various agricultural and poverty reduction strategies in Ghana. From 1992, he participated in the research-capacity-building-dialogue activities of SADAOC (sustainable food security in central west Africa) Foundation and became the chairman of its management board from 1996 to 2006. He has collaborated with the Centre for World Food Studies at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Centre for Development Research of University of Bonn and the Institute of Development Studies of University of Sussex on various research activities. He has been active in the International Association of Agricultural Economists of which he was associate editor of its journal, Agricultural Economics for eight years. He has served on many boards and committees in Ghana including the central bank and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; and internationally including the UN University (Institute of Environment and Human Security), the Sustainability Innovation Council of Switzerland, Building Africa’s Scientific and Institutional Capacity for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (BASIC), and the Global Open Food and Agriculture University. He has won many awards for his contribution to development research and community development. He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Ghana Association of Certified Entrepreneurs. He holds a BSc (Honours) degree from University of Ghana, an MSc from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and PhD from University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. APPOINTMENTS 2001 – 2006: Member, Cocoa Sector Marketing Committee 2001 – 2006: Member, Board of Directors, IKAM Limited 2001 – 2006: Chairman, Searchlight (Policy Advocacy Group) 2001 – 2002: Member, MIMAP Research Advisory Board 2000 – 2002: Member, National Roll Back Malaria Coordinating Committee 1999 – 2001: Member, Steering Committee for research project on cost of family Planning and Reproductive Health Services, National Population Council 1999 – 2001: Member, National Census Technical Committee 1999 – 2000: Member, Task Force on Health Inequalities 1999 – 2000: Chairman, Poverty Measurement and Monitoring Group 1999 – 2000: Assessor, the Margaret Opferkuch Annual Award for Innovation in the Cocoa Industry in Ghana, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences 1998 – 2006: Member, Sub-committee on the economy, Board of Directors, Bank of Ghana 1998 – 2006: Member, Board of Directors, Bank of Ghana 1998 – 2002: External Examiner, University of Cape Coast 1997 – 2000: Member, Technical Advisory Committee on Research and Evaluation, National Population Council 1997 – 1999: Member, Regional Advisory Board, IFPRI 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment, West Africa Network 1996 – 2006: Chairman, SADAOC Foundation Management Board 1996 – 1999: Member, Thematic Working Group on Poverty Reduction 1996 – 1999: Member, National Technical Committee on Malaria 1995 – 2002: Member, Technical Committee on Poverty 1995 – 2002: Cocoa Pricing Review Committee 1995 – 2002: Associate Editor, Agricultural Economics, the Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists 1995 – 2000: Master, Commonwealth Hall 1994 – 1999: External Examiner, University for Development Studies 1992 – 1996: Chairman, Reseau Ghaneen of SADAOC Foundation 1992 – 1995: Vice-Master, Commonwealth Hall 1992 – 1995: President, Senior Common Room, Commonwealth Hall 1991 – 1995: Member Advisory Board, Nigerian School of Economics 1991 – 1995: Commonwealth Expert Committee on Poverty Alleviation 1987 – 2006: Member, Board of Directors, Show-Me Enterprise Ltd. 1986 – 1989: Senior Tutor, Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana 1985 – 1988: Moderator, Statistics Examination, Institute of Chartered Accountants 1985 – 1986: Tutor, Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana 1976 – 1978: Tutor, Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana 2003 –2008: Member, Board, UN University Institute of Environment & Human Security 2009 –Present: Chairman, Board, UN University Institute of Environment & Human Security 2006 – Present: Member, International Sustainability Innovation Council of Switzerland 2008 – Present: Member, Global Consortium on Higher Education and Research in Agriculture 2010 – Present: Member, Board of Governors, Foundation for International Training 2010 - Present: Fellow, African Association of Agricultural Economists 2011 - Present: Member, 2012 African Capacity Indicators External Reference Group PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS -International Association of Agricultural Economists -American Agricultural Economics Association -West Africa Agricultural Economics Association -African Rural Social Science Research Network -Social Science and Medicine Africa Network -Food Oils Network for Africa -Society for International Development -Economic Society of Ghana -Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists -African Association of Agricultural Economists

Followers (5)

  • Dario Debowicz

    Dario Debowicz University of Manchester Brooks World Poverty Institute

  • Weslei Pauli

    Weslei Pauli

  • Nilam Prasai

    Nilam Prasai International Food Policy Research Institute

  • Valerie Rhoe

    Valerie Rhoe Catholic Relief Services

  • Mohammed-Sani Abdulai

    Mohammed-Sani Abdulai

Following (2)

  • Nilam Prasai

    Nilam Prasai International Food Policy Research Institute

  • Valerie Rhoe

    Valerie Rhoe Catholic Relief Services

Publications

Addressing the Links among Agriculture, Malaria, and Development in Africa

  • Asenso-Okyere K
  • Asante F
  • Tarekegn J
  • Andam K
Reshaping Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (2012)
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Two-Way Links between Health and Farm Labor

  • Asenso-Okyere K
  • Asante F
  • Tarekegn J
  • Andam K
Reshaping agriculture for nutrition and health (2012)
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Evaluation of value-added agricultural advisory services Case study of agriclinics in Southern India

  • Glendenning C
  • Babu S
  • Asenso-Okyere K
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Responding to land degradation in the highlands of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

  • Kumasi T
  • Asenso-Okyere K
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Understanding the interaction between farm labor productivity, and health and nutrition: A survey of the evidence

  • Asenso-Okyere K
  • Chiang C
  • Thangata P
  • Andam K
  • Mekonnen D
Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics (2011)
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Professional experience

Director of Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

August 2010 - Present

Director of Knowledge, Capacity, and Innovation Division (formerly ISNAR Division)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

January 2007 - July 2010 (4 years)

Senior Research Fellow, Leader, Nigeria Strategy Support Program

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

November 2006 - January 2007 (2 months)

Professor and Vice-Chancellor

University of Ghana

October 2002 - September 2006 (4 years)

Director: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

October 1997 - September 2002 (5 years)

Professor

University of Ghana

September 1997 - June 2002 (5 years)

Acting Deputy Director: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

January 1996 - September 1997 (2 years)

Associate Professor: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

October 1990 - August 1997 (7 years)

Acting Director: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

January 1995 - December 1995 (a year)

Senior Research Fellow: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

June 1987 - September 1990 (3 years)

Consultant: Member of Government Task Force

Government of Ghana

July 1989 - February 1990 (7 months)

Economist: Agriculture Operations, Western Africa Department

World Bank

November 1988 - April 1989 (5 months)

Consultant

Ghana Cocoa Board/World Bank

October 1987 - May 1988 (7 months)

Research Fellow: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

October 1976 - May 1987 (11 years)

Research Associate: Department of Agricultural Economics

University of Missouri Columbia

June 1982 - September 1984 (2 years)

Error Analyst/Programmer: Academic Computer Center

University of Missouri Columbia

September 1980 - May 1982 (2 years)

Research Associate: School of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education

University of Guelph

December 1975 - February 1976 (2 months)

Research/Teaching Assistant: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

University of Ghana

June 1973 - December 1973 (6 months)

Education history

IMD International

Leadership Program

June 2008

Harvard University

Management Training

July 2003

University of Abertay School of Engineering Computing and Applied Mathematics

Management Training

July 2002

University of Missouri Columbia

Ph.D. Agricultural Economics

August 1978 - May 1982 (4 years)

University of Guelph

MS Agricultural Economics

January 1974 - December 1975 (2 years)

University of Ghana

B.Sc. Agricultural Economics

October 1969 - May 1973 (4 years)