Owusu Afriyie Akoto is a Ghanaian agricultural economist and a politician belonging to the New Patriotic Party. He was the member of parliament for kwadaso constituency in the 5th and 6th parliament of Ghana.
He was born on October 19, 1949 in Koforidua. His father, Bafuor Osei Akoto was a prominent member of the pre-independence National Liberation Movement and also a chief linguist at the Manhyia Palace.
He had his secondary education at Opoku Ware School, Kumasi and continued to the University of Ghana for a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. From there, he went to Cambridge University for a Master of Science in agricultural economics.
He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at Cambridge in 1985.
Owusu Afriyie Akoto was employed by the International Coffee Organisation in London, England. He held positions like economist, senior economist, principal economist and chief economic advisor.
Additionally, Akoto has served as a consultant to the World Bank on soft commodities like cocoa, coffee and sugar. He returned to Ghana in 1995 after working abroad for over 18 years. On his return, he worked as the CEO of Goldcrest Commodities Limited and Plantation Resources Limited from 1995 to 2008.
Afriyie Akoto is a two time member of parliament for Kwadaso constituency from 2009 to 2017. He contested in the 2015 NPP parliamentary primaries to represent the party at the 2016 general elections but lost to Samiu Kwadwo Nuamah.
He was the Deputy ranking member for the committee on Food and Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs.
Afriyie Akoto became a cabinet minister under President Nana Addo as a Minister for Food and Agriculture.
He is married with seven children.