Ghanaian appointed as World Bamboo Ambassador

The World Bamboo Organization has appointed Bernice Dapaah, the Executive Director of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, as a World Bamboo Ambassador. Today, September 18, is World Bamboo Day, which celebrates increase in the awareness of bamboo globally.  Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamb

Ghana Builds Bamboo Bikes

NEHA BHAT: Bernice, can you tell us what a bamboo bike is, how is it manufactured, and how long the process takes? BERNICE DAPAAH: It takes about 40 hours to build one custom bike. There are three main steps in constructing a full bamboo bicycle. First, the bamboo must be cut to size to increase its strength and resistance to damage. Second, the bamboo is mitered and assembled into a bicycle frame on a jig and bound together wi...

Bernice Dapaah, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative Founder, Named 2014 Young Global Leader By World Economic Forum

Bernice Dapaah, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative Founder Kumasi, Ghana March 12,2014----The World Economic Forum has honored Bernice Dapaah Founder and Executive Director of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative to join its community of Young Global Leaders. Bestowed each year to recognize the top 200-300 young leaders under the age of 40 from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potenti...

Bamboo bikes turn around fortunes for working women in Ghana

Editor's note: CNN's On the Road series brings you a greater insight into the history, customs and culture of Ghana. CNN explores the places, the people and the passions unique to this African nation. (CNN) -- Durable, shock resistant and, most of all, growing in a ready-to-use tubular form, it's a wonder bamboo hasn't always been used to make bicycle frames. While the prototype for a bamboo-framed bicycle was first developed as early as 1894 -- causing

Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil

Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: bamboo. Her inspiration was an initiative, led by the International Network of Bamboo and Rattan, exploring sustainable, green ways to help producers out of pover

Ghana Transfers Bamboo Bike Technology To Italy

With a bold vision to be recognised internationally as an  institution that imagines and influences the future and building on its  affiliation and continues capacity building from the World Intellectual  Property Organisation-Green Project(WIPO-Green),the Ghana Bamboo Bikes  Initiative has implemented a creative program to help fulfill that  vision. The Ghana-Italy Bamboo Bike Technology Transfer  Exchange Program a collaborative project developed join...

Ghana Bamboo Bikes Manufactures 100 Bamboo Bikes For ‘kuapa Kokoo Sukuu Sakrele’ Project

Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union has started a pilot project aim at  supplying bamboo bicycles to school children of cocoa farmers who walks  long distances to school. The project which also seeks to promote Kuapa  Kokoo farmers' wards education is intended to be scaled to more school  children in the cocoa growing regions of Ghana after a successful  piloting. The project has been code-named "Kuapa Sukuu Sakrele". In  lieu of this, Kuapa Kokoo has donated 100...

Ghana Bamboo Bikes in high demand

A Bamboo Bikes initiative in Kumasi is scaling up the production of high-quality multi-purpose bicycles for the Ghanaian, European and US markets. Bamboo is the fastest growing canopy for re-greening of degraded lands. It also provides nutrition for humans and animals as well as helps improve air and water quality.But in Ghana, a local bamboo bike industry is emerging to deliver a sustainable and affordable form of transportation that satisfies local needs...

Deputy Ruler of Dubai honours Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative

The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative has been awarded the prestigious Dubai International Award for 'best practice to improve the living environment. Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative was selected as one of eleven project winners for the Dubai International Award for Best Practice 2014 chosen by an independent jury of international experts from a pool of more than 400 applications from almost 100 countries. The initiative was presented with the award in the best