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HOD Buckman Akuffo

William Odoom is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Food/Postharvest Technology at the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST) and also teaches some courses in the Department of Environmental Management and Technology.

His research interest is to acquire a better understanding of the pre-harvest and postharvest factors affecting perishable and durable products and identify innovative technologies that can be used to solve problems related to postharvest. read more…


Mission: Our mission is to provide leadership in areas of education, research, innovations and solutions in Food/Postharvest Technology to direct overall activity towards the economic growth of the region and the country as a whole.

Vision: Our vision is to be a centre of repute in research and education in the frontier areas of Food/Postharvest Technology.



(i). Background Information: The 4-Year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Food Technology is a Science and Technology based programme with a-four (4) year duration at the Koforidua Technical University. The programme is multidisciplinary in content and is designed to provide the students with broad training in basic science and engineering while exposing them to marketing and entrepreneurial skills on which to build competencies in food technology.


Background Information: The HND programme is aimed at equipping students with the requisite knowledge and skills that would enable them to perform effectively in all areas of postharvest food management to ensure that food is produced in safe and stable forms for both the domestic and export markets to boost Ghana’s economy while improving Ghana’s food security situation.


Background Information: Globally, food and post-harvest losses are estimated at 30 to 40% of production and the situation in Ghana are no different. Losses of perishable foods such as fruits and vegetables can be even higher during the postharvest period, depending upon the ambient conditions, and access to storage and distance from markets. Utilizing improved postharvest practices often results in reduced food losses, improved overall quality and food safety, as well as higher profits for growers and marketers, and overall, to ensure food security. There is, therefore, the need for capacity building to train middle-level professional competencies in postharvest technology in all aspects of the food postproduction sector in Ghana. The HND Postharvest Technology Programme is a three (3) year full-time module programme to address the need.


The Department has Collaboration with the under listed organizations/institutions for practical training of our students:

  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Food Research Institute
  • Grains and Legumes Development Board
  • 4-H Ghana
  • Amity University in India
  • Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel