Minister for Agriculture designate
February 9, 2023

President Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated the MP for Abetifi, Mr Bryan Acheampong, as the minister-designate for Food and Agriculture following the resignation of Mr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

Mr Acheampong, a former Minister of State at the Ministry of the Interior and at the Ministry of National Security, is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament.

He has a background in politics, business leadership, technology, media, intelligence and security.

The accomplished politician and business leader is expected to continue with the transformation agenda in a sector at the heart of the country’s quest for food security, high industrialization, and economic growth.

Many Ghanaians and industry experts have hailed his nomination as a strategic and visionary move by the President, considering his rich credentials and impressive accomplishments. If confirmed, Mr Acheampong will join a list of persons with a military background to lead the sector, with Major Courage Quashigah, Commodore Steve Obimpeh, and Colonel Frank Bernasko as previous agric ministers with an army background.

The minister-designate is a serial entrepreneur with successful investments in agriculture, hospitality, security, technology, media and real estate.

He possesses a bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, a PhD, a graduate diploma in law, and other certificates in management, leadership and journalism.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University, USA and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Johnson and Wales University, USA, a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Intelligence from Georgetown University, USA, a Master of Arts (MA) in Security and Intelligence from the University of Leicester, UK, and a PhD in Information systems from the University of Ghana, Legon.

He also holds a graduate diploma in law from the University of Laws, certificates in Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Effective Leadership in Management and Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, and Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

He has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer in Electronic Business at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

In addition, he is a member of the Security Institute, a membership of security professionals.

His foundation, the Bryan Acheampong Foundation, has made valuable contributions to development in deprived communities with regular programs in agriculture, poverty reduction, health and education.