2016 Borlaug LEAP fellow Kwaku Antwi hails from Kumasi, Ghana. He received his BSc degree in General Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast in 2004. In 2003, while still pursuing an undergraduate degree, he received the Head of State Award from the President of the Republic of Ghana for his outstanding contribution to rural development. After completing his BSc, he enrolled in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to pursue a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, which he completed in 2009. While studying for his Master’s degree, he was employed at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture where he worked as the Assistant Northern Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. He went on to become the Northern Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, which gave him the opportunity evaluate major agricultural programs, and contributed to the formulation and implementation of policies regarding the agricultural sector of Ghana. Kwaku sees the Borlaug LEAP fellowship as a way to further his leadership skills along with his research skills, and to make vital connections in the world of agricultural economics.
Kwaku is currently pursuing his PhD in Agricultural Economics at Texas Tech University as a BHEARD Scholar, and has already successfully passed his PhD comprehensive exams. His research interests include food security and agricultural policy, and he has published three journal articles since beginning his program in 2014. He was selected as a Borlaug LEAP fellow for his research project in the Northern Region of Ghana and will be working with Dr. Conrad Lyford at Texas Tech and Dr. Bekele Kotu at IITA. They will help him to assess the nutritional outcomes of food security intervention programs among rural households in the Northern Region of Ghana and shape his thesis strategy. Kwaku expects to finish his research and receive his doctoral degree in 2018.