What we do
Meet the Bees for Development Ghana team.
Bees for Development Ghana is dedicated to serving and developing beekeeping in Ghana – to generate employment and to provide pollination services for crops and natural environments
Kwame is the founder of BfD Ghana. An expert beekeeper and pollination ecologist and he has been training beekeepers across and beyond West Africa for over 20 years. He has conducted pioneering research on cashew pollination for which he was awarded a PhD from the University of Cape Coast. He cofounded the International Stingless Bee Centre near Kakum National Park.
Nana Esi Kpelgo
Accounts & Administration
Esi makes sure BfD Ghana’s accounts are in order and manages payments to beekeepers selling to the Trade and Processing Centre in Afram Plains. Esi also runs the Saltpond Honey Centre, an independent business selling quality honey and other bee products on the Cape Coast to Accra road.
Apiculture Development Coordinator
Isaac is an experienced beekeeper trainer who has a background in agriculture and agricultural economics. He has been coordinating our work across Ghana, establishing Buzz Clubs in basic schools and bringing beekeeping to cashew and citrus farmers in Bono and Central regions. Isaac is also in charge of our online presence [website and social media accounts] and has a key role in spreading our message and news of our good work [impacts].
GIDEON HOPESON ZEGE
Afram Plains Trade Centre Manager
Beekeeping has been Gideon’s main focus since 2008. After some of his apiaries were robbed in the first years, he decided to address the problem by supporting others to start beekeeping themselves. He runs our Processing and Trade Centre in Donkorkrom and our beekeeper outreach and training efforts across Afram Plains and beyond.
Martha has a background in Agriculture and Agribusiness and has been working in these fields for 17 years. She has extensive experience working with farmers particularly with women in agriculture. Her role is to drive the sustained growth of the organisation by providing direction and oversight to projects design and implementation to ensure quality delivery as well as stakeholder engagement and staff management.
MICHAEL AMEEN AHORLU
Mike coordinates our project [Beekeepers Restore Forests] in Afram Plains and is responsible for planning, delivering, monitoring, reporting, building, and managing effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders, and ensuring our work in the area is on track to achieve great impact. He seasonally supports the HBTC Manager with managing activities at the honey processing centre in Donkorkrom. He is also a beekeeper and member of the Afram Plains Beekeepers Association.
Master Beekeeper, Tuobodom
Stephen started beekeeping with support from our Cashew, Bees and Livelihoods project and is now managing more than 400 colonies and coordinating honey sales for hundreds of fellow beekeepers. He continues to volunteer as a beekeeper trainer for BfD Ghana and is passionate about sharing his skills and contagious love for bees.
Master Beekeeper, Kintampo
Augustine also graduated through our Master Beekeeper programme and is assisting cashew farmers to keep bees in and around Kintampo. He volunteers to provide continuing support and training to the school teachers who are running Buzz Clubs in his area.
Giacomo has been learning from Ghanaian beekeepers since 2012. His PhD research with the University of Bristol examined the history of beekeeping development in the country. After joining Bees for Development in 2019 he supported us as Project Manager and designed our traceability system and website.
Ralph is a primary school teacher and a beekeeper, but when he is free to do so he drives the team on long missions and keeps morale high.