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Bernard Bempah

Director

Bemcom Youth Enterprises Association

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Mushrooms in Ghana

www.shiitakemushroomlog.com [cached]

Doug and I have been working as volunteer mushroom consultants with Bernard Bempah of Bemcom Youth Enterprises Association, an alternative agricultural training and resource center, since 2007.
To date Mushrooms in Ghana Project has brought Bempah and a colleague to the US and supported additional spawn production training for Bempah. Bernard Bempah and a shiitake log brought to Ghana from Lost Creek Mushroom Farm.


The Magical Child Foundation/ Programs

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Bernard Bempah is second from the right.
Bernard Bempah, the 29-year-old founder of Bemcom Youth Enterprises/Association (BYEA) trains about 1,200 farmers a year in sustainable farming practices, most of them women. They, along with the Magical Child Foundation, have committed themselves and a portion of the profits of their shiitake mushroom log business to organizing a three-week tour in the USA for Bempah and one of his colleagues. They will visit shiitake mushroom growing facilities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin. They will also visit one of the nation's major mushroom spawn producers. Bernard Bempah will speak on the campuses of the University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University and to other groups on the itinerary.


newsok.com

Bernard Bempah, founder of Bemcom, stressed the importance of the program and the value the Williamses provided.
"We are trying to look at any means to eliminate poverty through mushrooms," Bempah said. The couple grew attached to Bempah, 37, and two years ago flew him to the U.S. so he could see their farm and others around the state. He's been back several times since. "Bernard is like a son to me," Sandra said. When Bempah visited the Williams' home, he was amazed at the wild game they had running through their yard. Born and raised in Ghana, Bempah had spent the better part of the last decade trying to teach small farmers from Ghana how to raise enough food to provide for themselves and their families. So when he saw the brown squirrel in the tree outside the Williams' house, he made sure not to let the opportunity go.


www.global1.youth-leader.org

Bernard Bempah
The best example of all is Bernard Bempah. Bernard trains farmers (mostly women) on Oyster mushroom farming in Ghana, West Africa. Instead of using coffee, he uses composted sawdust and has been able to alleviate scores of poor out of poverty. He also started BemCom Youth Enterprises/Association(www.BemCom.org) to uplift people from poverty (400-600 farmers are given training in a year by BemCom). Bernard says,"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 has also been training farmers for 12 years in producing honey, rabbit, snail and grass cutter apart from mushrooms. Freedom from poverty: http://www.mushroomsinghana.org/


www.mushroomsinghana.org

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 ( www.BemCom.org), 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 ( www.magicalchild.org), 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 ( www.shiitakemushroomlog.com ) 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."


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