Michael has completed the cooperative research programme
Michael Yaw Kwaku, INBAR Representative in Ghana and West Africa, who was the second visiting scholar of 2006 ICBR Open Fund, has completed the cooperative research programme recently. The two-month stay in China offers him a good opportunity to learn more about ICBR and INBAR as well as China’s bamboo and rattan industry development. Through his participation in the 5th China Bamboo Cultural Festival held at Mount Wuyi and the field visit to Yong’an in Fujian province, he gained personal experience of bamboo and rattan’s important role in industry development and income generation in poor rural areas. His confidence in bamboo and rattan development was further built up while he took part in some of the activities during the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in early November.
At the end of the Open Fund Research Programme, Michael presented a report titled Present Status of Research and Development on Bamboo and Rattan in Africa and Prospects for Future Co-operation with China and concluded it by the following comment: “Bamboo is a Non-Timber Forest Product today but a good timber substitute for tomorrow; Let us work for it today or there will be nothing for tomorrow”.