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Kwamena K Quagrainie

Agricultural Economics 

  • Clin Engage Assc Prof Ag Econ/Fors & NR
Krannert Room 691

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Aquaculture Marketing Dir./Assoc. Professor
KRAN Room 626
403 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Kwamena joined the Department in September 2005, and holds a joint appointment in Agricultural Economics (70%) and Forestry and Natural Resources (30%). He is also affiliated with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College program as Aquaculture Marketing Specialist. He received his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Alberta, Canada.

His research interests lie in the areas of market analysis, market definition, facilitating the development of distribution and market structures, identification of value-added opportunities for aquaculture products and feeds, and development of enterprise budgets. Kwamena works with the aquaculture industries in Illinois and Indiana, aquaculture producers, aquaculture associations, distributors, restaurants, retail outlets, and consumers to develop viable markets for Indiana and Illinois farm-raised aquaculture products.

Kwamena's primary extension responsibilities focuses on providing assistance to aquaculture producers in pursuing and realizing economic and market development opportunities. He also provides training and educational materials for farmers and Extension Educators in the farm business management area of enterprise budgets. Kwamena has a great interest in international work. He directs an aquaculture CRSP project in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

Awards & Honors

(2013) Honorable Mention, Publication of Enduring Quality. Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES).

(2012) Mid-Career Award from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA). Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA).

(2009) Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2009) The Distinguished Early Career Award. US Aquaculture Society.

Selected Publications

Quagrainie, K. K. (2016). Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing Handbook. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

The Market for Aquaculture Products: Market Efficiency and Global Competitiveness. (2013). . New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Books.

Quagrainie, K., Ndanga, L. B., & Dennis, J. (2013). Economically Feasible Options for Increased Women Participation in Kenyan Aquaculture Value Chain. Aquaculture, 414-415, 183-190. Retrieved from

Quagrainie, K., He, C., & Wang, H. (2013). Determinants of Shrimp Importation into the USA: An Application of an Augmented Gravity Model. Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies, 11(3), 219-228. Retrieved from

Quagrainie, K., & Broughton, M. (2013). Economic Importance of the Aquaculture Industry in Indiana. (EC-770-W), 8. Retrieved from

Quagrainie, K., Gvillo, R., Olynk, N., & Dennis, J. (2013). Are Midwestern Fish Retailers Willing to Pay More for Regionally Grown Fresh-on-ice Fish. Agricultural Sciences, 4(6A), 39-45. Retrieved from

Delineating Shoppers of Live Seafood in the Midwestern United States. (2011). Aquaculture Economics & Management, 15(3), 155-165.

Factors Influencing the Purchase of Live Seafood in the North Central Region of the United States. (2011). Marine Resource Economics, 26(1), 59-74.

Ngugi, C., & Amisah, S. (2010). Analysis of the use of credit facilities by small-scale fish farmers in Kenya. Aquaculture International, 18(3), 393-402.

Quagrainie, K. K. (2015). Profitability of Indoor Production of Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei): A Case Study of the Indiana Industry. Purdue University Extension Publication# EC-797-W / Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Publication #15-005. Retrieved from