Professor Afoakwa holds a Ph.D. Degree in Food Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK; M.Phil and B.Sc (Honours) degrees in Food Science from the University of Ghana. He also holds Post-graduate Certificates in Food Composition Database Compilation and 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 Post-graduate 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 Post-graduate Certificates in Food Quality Management Systems in the Food Industry (ISO 9000 Standards) and Food Safety 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 is a Food Technologists with special interest in Cocoa Processing and Chocolate Technology, Thermal Processing of Foods, International Food Laws and Regulations, and School Feeding Programmes. He is a Professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (USA), Food Science and Nutrition Network of Africa (FOSNNA), Information Technology for the Advancement of Nutrition in Africa (ITANA), Ghana Institute of Food Science and Technologists, Ghana Science Association, and several other professional bodies. He has authored and co-authored 127 publications (including 55 peer-reviewed journal publications, 2 books, 3 book chapters, 3 encyclopaedia chapters and 64 conferences presentations with published abstracts) in Food Science and Technology, and School Feeding Programmes. In the pursuance of his duties as a Food Technologist, he has travelled to thirty-two (32) different countries across the globe where he has gained high international recognition in his work.
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, and Trainer in Proposal Writing Skills for the International Foundation for Science (IFS); and Trainer in Scientific/Proposal Writing Skills for the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). He also serves as an Editorial Board Member and Scientific Reviewer of several International Journals. He has vast experience in Food Science and Technology, and translates his research findings through process and product modelling/engineering of foods into industrial productions towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mainly on food and nutrition security, and sustainable agricultural development. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana.