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.