Prof. Robert Clement Abaidoo


Dept: Theoretical and Applied Biology
Dept.of Theoretical and Applied Biology
College of Science, KNUST

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Research Areas/Interests

Safe water for Food Integrated Soil Fertility Management Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Tropical Legumes Understanding and Developing Climate Smart A...~more

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Grants/Funds Awarded

SARI-Led Enhancing Soil Health in Northern Ghana: Inoculants Production, Distribution and Utilization through Private-Public Partnership; subgrant to KNUST for training of One PhD and one MSc students; ’(September 2014- August 2017; US$100,710.54

DANIDA BSU II: Research capacity development Project (9.0m DKK (US$1.5m) ; Dec 2014-October, 2016); Project Leader

Improved MSc. in Cultivar Development Programme for Africa as a feather in the cup of KNUST-AGRA relationship (Assistant Project Manager; September 2014-august 2019; US$2,666,706.06)

DANIDA BSU/ECP & GEP Project: Building Stronger Universities with funding for SIX PhD students and other small projects.(Steering Committee Chairmanship: DKK 1.786.857  

2013 (In collaboration with K. Obiri-Danso and C. Quansah) Urban Food Plus. GlobeE. African German Partnership to enhance resource use efficiency in urban and peri-urban agriculture for improved food security in west Africa countries  (Euros 70000; 2014-2016

2012 (In collaboration with R. Aidoo) Agribusiness value chain analysis in root and tuber crops (2,887,197 DKK)


2012 (Country Leader) Institutionalization of quality assurance mechanism and dissemination of top quality commercial products to increase crop yields and improve food security of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa-COMPRO II ($370,000) 1PhD student and 2 MSc students

2012 (in collaboration with Charles Quansah) AGRA-KNUST Soil Science MSc study programme for West Africa at KNUST (coordination of 15 MSc students from five West African countries) ($500,000) (For training of 15 MSc students)


2011- (in collaboration with Ohene Yankyera) Enhancing the performance and growth potential of street-food vending for accelerated socio-economic development in Ghana (Ghana-Denmark 2011 Pilot Research Cooperation Programme) (coordinating the research activities of three PhD and three MSc students)


2011- Partner (KNUST) INTRA-ACP academic mobility scheme led by RUFORUM (not successful)

2011- Partner (KNUST) INTRA-ACP academic mobility scheme led by Addis Ababa University (not successful)


2011- Partner (KNUST) Linking African Universities: network for Change: Network for Change, 2011 (not successful)

2011- Steering Committee member and coordinator of KNUST PhD students’ programme) Sustainable sanitation solutions (SUSA)-Ghana 2011 (Successful); (coordinating the research activities of two PhD and three MSc students).(1050,000 DKK)

2011- Partner (KNUST) Safe Water for Food 2011 (Successful); DKK9.7m (coordinating the research activities of three PhD and three MSc students)


2010-  Leader, AGRA-KNUST Soil Science PhD study programme for West Africa at KNUST ($2,194,693.00) (coordinating the research and training activities of twenty PhD students from five West African countries)

2008- Management consultant, AGRA-KNUST Plant Breeding and Seed Science study Programme in West Africa ($678,020)


Management consultant Appropriate Postharvest technology Planning Project, Dept of Horticulture, KNUST, 2009 ($21,664.62)

Management consultant; Programme for Improving Livelihoods in Rural West and Central Africa through Productive and Competitive Yam Systems - Phase II (($34,000)

Leader; Strengthening capacity for Yam Research for Development in Central and West Africa (6,000)

Management consultant; Unleashing the Power of Cassava in Africa in response to the Food Price Crisis ($21,020);

Management consultant Putting nitrogen fixation to work in smallholder African farms (Project implementation in 8 African countries (2010); subprojects to CANR so far amount to ($462000) (coordinating the research activities of two MSc students)

2009- Technical and financial management, IITA component of N2Africa Project implementation in 8 African countries;

2009 (Leader, IITA component) Evaluation and scaling up new chemical and biological commercial products for improving and sustaining crop yields in selected agro-ecological zones in sub-Saharan Africa. (Phase I)

2009-2010       (Leader) Enabling environment for accelerated sanitation and hygiene uptake in Ghana: Lessons from DANIDA supported projects (GHc 171,476.00).

2008-2010 (Leader), CORAF/WECARD – SCARDA MSc study programme at KNUST for Gambian and Ghanaian students (GHc529,410.00)


2008 (Co-Leader), On-farm evaluation of soil fertility imporvement in cereal-legume crop rotations with in-situ produced organic matter amendments

2007-2010 (Leader) of the KNUST-led Project “Evaluation of non-treatment options for maximizing public health benefits of WHO guidelines governing the use of wastewater in urban vegetable production in Ghana”, funded by FAO/WHO/IDRC ($70,000)


2006-2009: (Leader) of the project “Balancing livestock needs and soil conservation: Assessment of Opportunities in Intensifying Cereal-Legume-Livestock Systems in West Africa”($235,302)

2007-2009: (Supervisory management) of the project “Can changes in the community structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi explain the rapid yield decrease of crops following forest clearance in southern Cameroon”, funded by Switzerland. (179,999 Swiss Franc)

2005-2007: (Supervisory management) of “Balanced nutrient management systems II” project; supported by the Belgian government

2004-2007: (Leader) of the KNUST-led Project “Safeguarding Public Health Concerns, Livelihoods and Productivity in Wastewater Irrigated urban and Peri-urban Vegetable Farming in Ghana and Burkina Faso”, supported by Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka. ($486,000)


2003-2004: (Leader) of the project “Improving phosphorus availability in cropping systems of sub-Saharan Africa” supported in part by Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Australia through IITA. ($136,257)

1989-1991: (Leader) of the project “Nitrogen fixation, N utilization, and Bradyrhizobium Inter-strain Competition in Legume-Cereal Intercropping Systems” at the Department of Biological Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, supported by the International Foundation of Science (Sweden) funds. ($12000)


1988-1990: (Collaborator) of the Ghana Chapter of the World Rhizobium Ecology Network activities at the Department of Biological Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, supported by NifTAL Project with funds from National Science Foundation, USA.

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