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Bees and beekeeping for improving rural livelihoods in Ghana
Making a difference worldwide
Bees for Development Ghana was founded by Dr Kwame Aidoo in 2015. Dr Aidoo is an experienced researcher, beekeeper and pollination expert with twenty years of work experience across West Africa.
Bees for Development Ghana is registered as a non-profit making organisation in Ghana [registration number CG019732016] and is managed by a Board of Trustees.
To support farming communities to keep bees in a sustainable way for improved incomes and livelihoods.
To train and support rural communities in best practices in sustainable beekeeping
To help farmers manage bees to achieve optimal pollination for crops
To provide a dedicated and locally relevant beekeeping information service for Ghana
To enable beekeepers to access fair and rewarding markets for their produce
To invest in research in sustainable beekeeping and the link between beekeeping and conservation.
Bees for development Ghana is an independent non-profit organisation registered in Ghana and works in close partnership with Bees for development UK. The two organisations share common values in the promotion of sustainable beekeeping and the conservation of the environment.
Director and Trustees of Bees for development Ghana
Dr. Kwame Sarkwah Aidoo is the Director of Bees for development Ghana (BfdG). He holds a Ph D in Pollination Ecology and M Phil in Entomology, both from the University of Cape Coast Ghana. Dr. Aidoo obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Apiculture from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1991 and has since taught apiculture to university students and farmers in Ghana and other African countries. He also holds a B. Sc Honours degree in Agriculture and a Diploma in Education. Dr. Aidoo has researched into bees and apiary management in Ghana including the development of appropriate equipment for beekeeping. His current research activities centre on the interactions between bees as effective pollinators of the cashew ecosystem and the benefits derived by farmers from these ecological associations.
Dr Charles Emmanuel Annoh is a senior lecturer at the Department of Pharmaceutical Science of the Central University, Accra Ghana. He holds a Ph D in Entomology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Dr Annoh worked for many years at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Accra where he researched into the use of atomic radiation in the control of insect pests of crops and vectors of diseases. His recent research activities centre around the pollination of tree crops by insects especially bees. Dr Annoh is very passionate about honey bees and their use in sustainable beekeeping to alleviate poverty in farming communities.
Emmanuel Charles Quist is a retired UK community development trainer and legal practitioner. He graduated in Political Science and Modern History from the University of Ghana. As a post graduate, he studied Business Management and Law at the Open University (UK) and College of Law (Birmingham UK) respectively. He has more than 20years experience working simultaneously in local government and with registered charities in the UK. Mr. Quist is a beekeeping practitioner and has eight apiaries across the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions of Ghana. He is currently a Director at the Beulah Study Centre at Abokobi, Accra Ghana.
Sally Mary Naa Kai Adjetey is an experienced development professional who has spent more than 10 years supporting the development of agricultural value chains, including honey in Ghana. She is an agribusiness consultant devoted to promoting professional enterprise in beekeeping and developing markets for beekeepers.
Benonia Okanorkor Okang-Quist is a multi-skilled professional, who is currently the Director of Beulah Study Centre in Accra. As a Qualified Teacher of Mathematics and Science, she taught for 15 years under Bedford Borough Council (UK). Benonia graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in 1982, after which she was employed as an Assistant Lecturer. She obtained a MSc in Soil & Water Engineering at University of Canfield, UK in 1986 and in 1991, a second MSc in Engineering Systems Management, Cranfield UK. In 1994, Benonia returned to Ghana and for two years she worked with the Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology & Industrial Service (GRATIS) Project as the Regional Manager for Eastern Region and the first female among eight other regional managers. She is motivated from the acknowledgement that the world will be a better place when we enable people to be self-sufficient and mutually beneficial.
Mr. Ralph Allen Hoyte-Williams is a Development Planner with a wide and varied working experience in town and country planning and project management. He worked for several years with the Town and Country Planning Department of the Ministry of Local Government, Ghana and also with Kesse-Tagoe & Associates, a consultancy firm based in Accra. Between 1990 and 1991 he acted as Managing Director for Prefab Concrete Products Company Limited, Accra. Mr Hoyte-Williams holds a Diploma in Physical Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He is an experienced beekeeper with a wide practical knowledge of African bees.
Re. Kow Wie-Addo is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana where he coordinates the Reprographic Products and Graphic Unit of the Centre of Distant Education. He holds a B. Sc degree in Zoology and M. Phil in Entomology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has great passion for natural ecological systems and is currently researching into ecological farming systems as a Ph D candidate of the University of Cape Coast. Rev. Wie-Addo is an Ordained Minister of the Methodist Church, Ghana.
Trustees left to right
Kwame Aidoo, Sally Adjetey, Emmanuel Quist, Janet Lowore (BfD UK), Benonia Quist and Charles Annor.
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Ralph Williams and Reverend Kow Wie-Addo