Trainees complete bamboo value addition and entrepreneurial skills training in Ghana
INBAR conducts capacity-building on bamboo weaving and product design in Ghana.
Twenty-five trainees from Kpando-Abgenoxoe, a rural community in the Volta Region of Ghana have successfully completed a 2-week intensive training in bamboo weaving and product design. The training which started on 24 January to 8 February 2022 was organised by INBAR under the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme funded by IFAD. Trainees learned hands-on activities including, bamboo product design, bamboo strips preservation, weaving techniques and product finishing. The training forms part of initiatives to equip the youth with bamboo value addition and entrepreneurial skills that can earn them sustainable income and improve their livelihoods.
At a short closing and graduation ceremony, the National Coordinator for the Inter-Africa Bamboo Programme in Ghana, Michael Kwaku on behalf of INBAR and IFAD, donated basic start-up tools and seed capital to the executives of the cooperative association formed by the trainees to facilitate their business activities.
One of the training beneficiaries, Joan Elorm Asiedu expressing her joy after receiving her certificate of completion said, “I am happy I successfully completed this training programme. I never imagined bamboo could be processed into beautiful products like bags, files and so on. We have a lot of bamboo in this community and with the training, my colleagues and I have received, we are going to make a lot of money by reproducing and selling these bamboos made products.” Joan represents many other beneficiaries who are fascinated by the economic potential of bamboo and have shown commitment to add value to the resource and also protect and sustainably conserve it.
Since 2021, INBAR has organised similar training activities in other rural communities in Ghana with a total of 225 direct beneficiaries reached so far under the programme. Similar activities are also being replicated in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Madagascar. Importantly, these practical bamboo training programmes offer beneficiaries the opportunity to acquire livelihood and income-generating skills that can lift them out of poverty and secure a prosperous future.
The Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme aims at enhancing the incomes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers, women and youth by upscaling their participation in climate-smart bamboo value chains. INBAR together with its partners will continue to support programmes and initiatives that promote the transformative power of bamboo and rattan, especially its contribution to global sustainable development.