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Kwamena K Quagrainie

Agricultural Economics 

  • Clinical Engagement Professor
Krannert Room 692

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Clinical Engagement Professor
KRAN Room 692

Research/ Centers - Fisheries and Aquatic SciencesIllinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Facilities - Animal Care FacilityAquatic Molecular Biology and Analytical LabAquatic Ecology Research Lab,Aquaculture Research LabJohn S. Wright Center

Resources - Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Impacts (success stories with program activities, pdf 299kb)

Purdue Extension FNR ExtensionWhy Extension?

Dr. Quagrainie holds a joint appointment in Agricultural Economics Dept (70%) and Forestry and Natural Resources Dept (30%). He is also affiliated with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program as Aquaculture Economist & Marketing Specialist. His research interests lie in the areas of market analysis, market definition, identification of value-added opportunities for aquaculture products, and development of aquaculture farming enterprise budgets. Dr. Quagrainie works with the aquaculture industries in Illinois and Indiana, aquaculture producers, aquaculture associations, distributors, restaurants, and consumers to develop viable markets for Indiana and Illinois farm-raised aquaculture products. His primary extension responsibilities focus on providing assistance to aquaculture producers in pursuing and realizing economic efficiencies and market development opportunities. He also provides training and educational materials for farmers and Extension Educators in farm business management including enterprise budgeting. Kwamena has a great interest in international work and has directed USAID funded projects 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., Flores, R. M., & Kim, H. J. (2017). Economic analysis of aquaponics and hydroponics production in the U.S. Midwest. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 30(1), 1-14. doi:10.1080/10454438.2017.1414009

Quagrainie, K. K. (2019). Assessment of Household Food Security in Fish Farming Communities in Ghana. Sustainability, 11(10). doi:

Quagrainie, K. K. (2019). 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, 50(1), 9. doi:

Quagrainie, K. K. (2019). Determinants of Catch Sales in Ghanaian Artisanal Fisheries. Sustainability, 11(2), 10. doi:

Quagrainie, K. K., & Akuffo, A. (2019). Local Food Systems and Market Opportunities for Aquaculture. World Aquaculture Society, 45(2), 36-41. Retrieved from

Amankwah, A., & Quagrainie, K. K. (2019). Aquaculture Feed Technology Adoption and Smallholder Household Welfare in Ghana. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 50(4), 827-841. doi:

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

Quagrainie, K. K., Preckel, P. V., & Amankwah, A. (2018). Impact of aquaculture feed technology on fish income and poverty in Kenya. Aquaculture Economics and Management, 22(4), 410-430. doi:

Quagrainie, K. K. (2017). Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing Handbook. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

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

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