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Mr. Bernard Bempah

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BemCom Youth Enterprises/Association

Employment History

  • Founder and Director
  • President
    Bencom Youth Enterprise Association
  • Managing Director
    Bencom Youth Enterprise Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    BemCom Youth Enterprises/Association


  • PhD , theatre
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The Williams', both in their 60s, ..., 17 Aug 2010 [cached]
The Williams', both in their 60s, had two assignments, one at Jerusalem Farms, located close to Cape Coast, and the other with an alternative agricultural training center, Bemcom Youth Enterprises Association (BYEA) in Techiman, where they built an ongoing relationship with Bernard Bempah, the founder and Director of BYEA. They want to bring Bempah to the US to study commercial shiitake production.
Bempah intends to introduce shiitake log production to Ghanian mushroom farmers and shiitake mushrooms to the Ghanian diet. He said in an e-mail last week to Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, "If we can get support for my trip, it will change the mushroom industry in Ghana."
Bempah, who has had extensive training in oyster mushrooms and basic training in shiitakes, teaches oyster mushroom production to over 500 farmers a year, primarily women.
Bernard is looking at teak. It's plentiful in Ghana and can resist the termites that took his first stand of logs.'
According to Sandra, 'The whole process is organic and ecologically sound. The logs are small-diameter timber that would otherwise be burned or used for low-grade construction materials.' An Artist in Residence with a PhD in theatre, she has also has a technical writing business. She helped Bempah develop a BYEA business plan and identify marketing strategies.
The best thing was meeting and working with Bernard Bempah.
'We helped maybe 200 people in Ghana. If Bernard could come here and learn shiitake production, he could help millions.'
For more of the story ( and more information go to Contributions to bring Bernard Bempah to the US can be sent to Mushrooms in Ghana, Lost Creek Mushroom Farm, PO Box 520, Perkins, OK 74059 or with a credit card by phone, 800-792-0053.
Bernard Bempah, Founder and ... [cached]
Bernard Bempah, Founder and Director
Bernard Bempah
At the age of 19, Bempah started his own farm in Ghana, West Africa. Within a year, he had a larger vision for his people -- to teach other farmers to raise small livestock and oyster mushrooms. The oyster mushrooms contain about 10% protein and grow in bags of composted sawdust. Bernard formed the not-for-profit BemCom Youth Enterprises/Association (, a resource, research and training center to help his people lift themselves out of poverty..
He has been committed and persistent.
Bempah has applied for and been granted the rights to produce spawn. To do this, he must have a reasonably equipped laboratory.
Bempah intends to introduce shiitake mushrooms to the farmers of northern Ghana and into the protein-hungry Ghanaian diet. Mushrooms in Ghana Project will also equip a lab where he can make his own oyster and shiitake mushroom spawn, increase the number of bags farmers can grow, and lower farmers' costs.
Please make a donation toward the next $10,000 needed to help Ghanaian farmers make a living.
We have raised the first $10,000 and Bernard and his colleague Godwin Boakye (bwah'-che) have arrived in the US, toured ten oyster and mushroom farms, given presentations at three universities and went to New York City where they were invited to present to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. We still need $10,000 to provide laboratory equipment: A Laminar flow hood (clean bench), autoclave, spawn incubator, heated stirrer, and laboratory supplies.
"I am deeply grateful for the support for my trip. If we can get the laboratory equipment to make spawn, it will change the mushroom industry in Ghana.
Bernard Bempah
For more than twelve years Bempah has been training farmers in rabbit, grass cutter (a large rodent valued for its sweet meat), snail, honey, and oyster mushroom production at BemCom. BemCom produces about 3,700 oyster mushroom bags a week. Bernard has built a campus with livestock houses, mushroom bag production facilities. They have already outgrown a new facility, built to hold 20,000 mushroom bags as they mature. BemCom has trained thousands of farmers and Bernard has won recognition in Ghana and in West Africa for his work, including the highly respected Commonwealth Youth Service Award.
A woman farmer in Ghana harvests oyster mushrooms in her Women's Cooperative cropping house. If she could buy enough bags to fill these racks, she could support her family with her mushrooms. Shiitakes could substantially increase her income and provide income when oyster mushrooms fail.
Partnering with 501 (c) (3) Magical Child Foundation (, the Williams' created Mushrooms in Ghana Project and have brought Bernard Bempah and BemCom Production Manager Godwin Baokye to the US to learn shiitake mushroom production and increase their oyster mushroom and spawn production skills. Ten percent of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm log kit sales ( ) are committed to the Mushrooms in Ghana Project.
Bernard Bempah has the training to produce spawn.
Wood is plentiful and Bernard has been working on strategies to deter the termites that took his first two stands of shiitake logs.''
Sandra: ''With our personal air miles and our own resources and with the generous help of our friends and local businesses, we have raised the money to bring Bernard and Godwin to the US to visit shiitake operations.
Sandra: ''In 2007 I sent e-mails from Ghana asking growers and suppliers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US for sources of warm-weather spawn to start Bempah's shiitake operation.
Godwin Baokye & Bernard Bempah
Sandra: ''I sent e-mails from Ghana asking growers and suppliers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US for sources of warm-weather spawn to start Bempah's shiitake operation.
Sandra: ''In 2007 I sent e-mails from Ghana asking growers and suppliers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US for sources of warm-weather spawn to start Bempah's shiitake operation.
" Bernard Bempah has helped thousands of people become more self-sufficient through non-traditional farming. He is a man of vision and integrity. He's hard working and deeply committed to the BemCom motto, 'Freedom from poverty.' The knowledge, experience, and contacts he and Godwin make on this trip will change the mushroom industry in Ghana."
The Williams' meet Bernard ..., 11 Dec 2007 [cached]
The Williams' meet Bernard Bempah, director of Bemcom Youth Enterprises/Association (BYEA), who trains over 500 oyster mushroom farmers a year.Because of problems with the oyster mushrooms, Bempah intends to introduce shiitakes to Ghanian farmers and to the protein-hungry Ghanian diet.The Williams' want to bring Bempah to the US to study commercial shiitake production. - 2007-12-11 Friend of PRWeb - 2
University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, 22 April 2009 [cached]
Mushrooms are high in protein and can offer the Ghanaian people a low-cost alternative protein source, according to Bernard Bempah, founder and director of BemCom, one of the leaders in training oyster-mushroom farmers from Ghana, Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.
The loss made it clear farmers needed to diversify their crops. Bempah had trained many of Ghana's mushroom farmers and determined that a second crop, shiitakes grown on logs, could provide a buffer against single-crop failure and increase the farmers' production and profits. BemCom trains farmers in alternative/non-traditional agricultural production: rabbits and other small animals, bees and honey, and snails in addition to their work with mushrooms.
The Williams formed the Mushrooms in Ghana Project to bring Bempah and BemCom Production Manager Godwin Baokye to the U.S. to learn shiitake farming.
BUSAC Success Stories - Bencom Youth, 22 Nov 2010 [cached]
BYEA and the other associations therefore supported the BYEA President, Mr. Bernard Bempah in efforts to enhance his technical skills in mushroom cultivation, which culminated in Bernard undertaking specialized spawn production training and education in the United States.
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