Bamboo is viewed by visionaries as the future of the material industry and we think it will largely play a key role in rewiring society toward a green economy. This vision places an immediate and urgent responsibility on developers, researchers, and government institutions to redefine policies in favor of large plantation development. To serve the greedy demand for huge bamboo resources to satisfy its thirst, global hi-tech bamboo-based industries offer a great window of opportunity for futuristic big-thinkers who need a safe haven to invest. Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative sees the future from today and hence has started an ambitious agro-ecological bamboo plantation development project in Kunso, the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, covering an expanse of nearly 200 hectares of land.
The rich resource base is partly intended to contribute to restoration of the degradation, deforestation and biodiversity loss which run rampant in the Brong Ahafo region, provide feedstock to emerging hi-tech projects planned for execution in the foreseeable future as well as serve the agricultural needs of the indigenes as an archetypical demonstration of sustainable land management. If we get our sums right, we estimate that more than 1500 youths (both men and women) will be absorbed by the busy projects (bio-energy & electricity, solar-powered bikes, furniture and artifacts), created around the available resources to be harvested from the bamboo eco-forest.