Mourning the death of Professor Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere

Prof Asenso-Okyere was appointed to FAC’s International Advisory Council in 2013, and together with other members of the Advisory Council, launched the three regional hubs of FAC-Africa. He participated in the first Advisory Council meeting in Pretoria, South Africa and also attended FAC’s international conference the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Process.

Prof Asenso-Okyere 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 and West Africa) foundation and became the chairman of its management board from 1996 to 2002. 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 the University of Sussex on various research activities.

He was active in the International Association of Agricultural Economics of which he was Associate Editor of the journal, Agricultural Economics for eight years. He also 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 Sustainable Innovation Council of Switzerland, Building Africa’s Scientific and institutional Capacity for Agricultural and Natural Resource management (BASIC) and the Global open Food and Agriculture University.

He won many awards for his contribution to development research and community development. He was a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ghana Association of Certified Entrepreneurs. The Future Agricultures family will greatly miss Prof Asenso-Okyere’s wisdom as an advisor. May his family find comfort and peace at this trying moment. Prof Asenso-Okyere’s family together with the University of Ghana is holding a one week commemoration starting Saturday. 17th May.