Professor Kofi Badu was born in Winneba (Ghana) on 13th October 1939. He attended Mfantsipim School from 1954 – 1959. Between 1960 and 1963, he was in the University of Ghana where he obtained a BSc. Degree in Agriculture and then proceeded to the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia between 1967 and 1970 and University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada from 1975 – 1979 where he obtained MSc. and PhD. Degrees respectively.
He was a Senior Agricultural Officer in Irrigation Development Authority, Accra, Ghana between 1963 and 1972. He was transferred to the University of Ghana, Legon first as a Research Fellow in the Volta Basin Research Project from 1973 – 1979, then as a Lecturer from 1979 – 1982, Senior Lecturer from 1982 – 1985 and as the Acting Head of the Soil Science Department between 1983 and 1984 and obtained the status of an Associate Professor on 1st July 1985.
He served as a Principal International Scientist between 1985 and 1986, Leader for the Engineering Group from 1986 – 1987, Leader for the Soil Group from 1988 – 1991 and Acting Director of Resource Management Program from 1991 – 1992 in the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Andhra Pradesh, India. He spent one year sabbatical from 1st April 1993 – 31st March 1994, working with the USDA – ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory in Bushland, Texas, USA.
Prof. Laryea was promoted to Full Professor on 21st July 1997 and Head of Department of Soil Science, University Of Ghana, Legon from 1st October 1997 – 30th September 2000. He retired on 1st October 2000 and worked on contract as Full Professor at the University of Ghana until 31st July 2010.