Professor Kofi Budu Laryea
Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc.

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.

Boards and Committees
  • 1st October 1998 – 30th September 2000, Executive Committee member, Board of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Science.
  • 1st October 1997 – 30th July 2010, Academic Board member, Faculty of Engineering and Publications.
Consultancy Work
Member of a mission requested by the World Bank, the Government of Ghana (GOG) and the FAO/World Bank Cooperative Programme (FAO/WB-CP) from 11th May – 7th June 1991 as to:

  • Identify the major causes of land degradation
  • Examine possible technical solutions to the degradation problems
  • Collect data for financial and economic analyses assuming the adoption of selected technical solutions, discuss land resource management strategies with Ghana Government officials
  • Prepare to the extent possible project proposals to implement the strategies
  • A panel member on the Center Commissioned for External Review of the Resource Management Program of the international Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid tropics (ICRISAT), India from August – September 2000.
  • Panel member tasked to advise and provide recommendation on Reference Library, Documentation and information Management in Natural Resources for Africa in August 2000.