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About Professor Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa

Professor Afoakwa is a Professor in Food Science and Technology at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana. He holds Ph.D. Degree in Food Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U. K.; M.Phil and B.Sc (Honours) degrees in Food Science from the University of Ghana. He also holds Certificates in Food Composition Database Analysis from the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa and International Food Laws and Regulations from the Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. In addition, he holds a combined Certificate in Information Technology (IT) in Nutrition from the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden and the Peridiniya University, Peridiniya, Sri Lanka, and also Certificates in Food Quality Management Systems in the Food Industry (ISO 9001 Standards) and Food Safety Management Systems (ISO 22000 Standards) from the International Agricultural Centre of Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands. He is also a trained and a Licensed Food Auditor by the World Food Safety Organization, UK.
He has vast relevant experience in Food Science and Technology, International Food Laws and Regulations, and School Feeding Programmes. He is a member of several professional bodies and has authored and co-authored 170 publications (including 82 peer-reviewed journal publications, 4 books, 3 book chapters, 2 encyclopaedia chapters and 79 conferences presentations with published abstracts) in Food Science and Technology, Food and Nutrition Security, and School Feeding Programmes. In the pursuance of his duties as a Food Technologist, he has travelled to thirty-five (35) different countries across the globe including; USA, France, England, Brazil, Scotland, Wales, China, Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Fiji Islands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Mali, Mozambique and Zambia where he has gained high international recognition in his work.
Prof. Afoakwa serves on several boards and committees in Ghana and abroad as well as on many national and international bodies. Currently, he is the Chairman of the National Working Group on Cocoa and Cocoa Products, and Chairman of the National Codex sub-Committee on Food Additives. He is a Member of the International Expert Group on Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa established by the European Commission to set international standards for sustainability and traceability of cocoa. He is a Member of Board of Directors of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) in Washington, USA; the Executive Secretary for the African Network for School Feeding Programmes (ANSFEP); the Honorary Secretary for Society on Information Technology for the Advancement of Nutrition in Africa (ITANA) and the General Secretary to the Ghana Institute of Food Science and Technology (GIFoST). He is a Technical Advisor in Food Science and Technology to the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and Consultant Science Skills Trainer to the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD).
He also serves as Member of Editorial Boards of several International Journals including the Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Journal of Nutritional Health and Food Science, Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science, Global Science Journals (Foods; Fresh Produce; & Fruit, Vegetable, Cereal Science and Biotechnology), and the Technical Reviewer for the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), and the African Journal of Food Science. As well, he is a Reviewer for Journal of Food Engineering, Food Chemistry, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, and International Journal of Food Science and Technology; European Food Research and Technology, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, Food and Nutrition Bulletin and the South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He has vast experience in Food Technology and Nutrition, and translates his research findings through process engineering and product development into industrial productions towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mainly on food and nutrition security, and sustainable agricultural development. He is happily married to Ellen and they are blessed with three children, Nana Afra, Maame Agyeiwaa and Kwabena Ohene-Afoakwa (Jnr.).


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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Food Process Engineering, Food Safety Management Systems, Food Quality Management Systems, Food Safety Risk Analysis, Food Control Systems, Child Nutrition & School Feeding Programmes, Gender Mainstreaming in Projects, Gender & Development Programmes, Consultant Trainer/Resource Person on Scientific Writing, Proposal Writing and Science Communication Skills, World Cocoa Scientist, and World Chocolate Scientist

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Honors and Awards

  • Board Member, Board of Directors of Global Child Nutrition Foundation, Washington D. C., USA
  • Award Winner, Nestlé Nutrition Insitute Africa Award for Best Scientific Research Publication of the Year 2007/2008
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World Biographic Award for Academic & Professional Excellence 2008-2009
  • Executice Secretary, African Network for School Feeding Programmes (ANSFEP)
  • Honorary Secretary, IT for the Advancement of Nutrition in Africa (ITANA e-Society)
  • Winston Legislative Policy Scholar (2008)
  • German Development Co-operation’s (GTZ) Fellowship
  • USAID Fellowship
  • International Nutrition Foundation Fellowship
  • SIDA Scholarship to Sweden
  • SIDA Scholarship to Sri Lanka & Bangladesh
  • CTA Fellowship to Fiji Islands
  • Outstanding Student Award, Michigan State University, USA
  • Global Child Nutrition Foundation Fellowship, USA


  • Food Structure and Rheology
  • Industrial Food Processing Technologies
  • International Food Laws and Regulations
  • Food Additives and Toxicology
  • Canning Operations of Foods
  • Cocoa Processing Technology
  • Chocolate Processing Technology
  • Proposal Writing Skills
  • Scientific Writing Skills

Contact Information

Department of Nutrition and Food Science
University of Ghana
P. O. Box LG 134
Legon - Accra
Mobile: +233-24-4685893


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