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Kwamena K Quagrainie

Agricultural Economics 

  • Clinical Engagement Full Professor Agricultural Economics/Forestry & Natural Resources
Krannert Room 626

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., & Flores, R. M. (2018). Economic Analysis of Aquaponics and Hydroponics Production in the US Midwest. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 30(1), 1-14. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/10454438.2017.1414009

Quagrainie, K. (2017). Consumer Willingness to Pay for a Saline Fish Species Grown in the US Midwest: The Case Of Striped Bass. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, (10.1111/jwas.12464), 9. Retrieved from 10.1111/jwas.12464

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

Amankwah, A., Quagrainie, K. K., & Preckel, P. V. (2016). Demand for improved fish feed in the presence of a subsidy: a double hurdle application in Kenya. Agricultural Economics, 47(6), 633–643.

Darko, F. A., & Quagrainie, K. K. (2016). Consumer Preferences for Farmed Tilapia in Tanzania: A Choice Experiment Analysis. 28(3), 131-143.

Quagrainie, K. K. (2015). Profitability of Hybrid Striped Bass Cage Aquaculture in the Midwest. Purdue University Extension Publication# EC-798-W / Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Publication #15-004. Retrieved from http://www.edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=EC-798-W

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 http://www.edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=EC-797-W

Quagrainie, K. (2014). Consumer Perceptions and Preferences of Wild and Farmed Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus Burchell 1822) in Urban Centres in Kenya. International Journal of Advanced Research, 2(7), 694-705.

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

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