In 2005, the CS Fund, from California, USA approved a project proposal by Prof. Peter Kwapong to carry out a Stingless Bee
Project to train rural farmers in Stingless Beekeeping as an alternative source of livelihood. The idea of Stingless Bees came up
in 2003 when Prof. Kwapong visited Brasil where he first came into contact with stingless beekeeping. Back in Ghana, he
carried out research which revealed that most of our forests are actually inhabited by stingless bees. Together with 3 of his
graduate students then, Prof. Kwapong initiated the Stingless Bee Project within the catchment of the Kakum National Park. The project started
by training twenty-five rural farmers selected from five communities around the National Park. By the end of 2006, about nine species of stingless
bees had been identified; of which 4 are being cultured at the Center. The Ghana Heritage and Conservation Trust, an NGO in Ghana, donated a
20-acre parcel of a secondary tropical rain forest, bordering the Kakum National Park, to serve as a sanctuary for the stingless bees. An acre of
the land was later developed into the International Stingless Bee Center which was intended as a research and service center for all stingless bee
keepers to address their problems. Various species of stingless bees found throughout the country were collected and housed in artificial wooden
hives at the center for culturing, research, management and development of their medicinal hive products. Through the benevolent funding from
CS Fund for four continuous years, the project was transformed into the only International Stingless Bee Center in Africa. The center over
the years has trained more than 200 Farmers, Beekeepers, Agricultural Extension Agents and Staff of Timber and Fruit Growing Companies
throughout the 10 regions of Ghana. Some bee keepers from neighbouring West African countries have also received training in stingless
beekeeping at the Center. At the moment, the Center has established five satellite stingless beekeeping stations within 5 communities in Ghana.
The Center also attracts many foreign and local students including researchers and post doctoral research fellows for short term research
collaborations. Since its inception, many of our local students from the University of Cape Coast have been carrying out research and practical
lessons at the Center.
The medicinal hive products of the stingless bees have caught the attention of the world due to their medicinal and health
properties. This has enabled the center to engage in some core activities including Research, Training and Development, Hive Product
Development and Marketing, Environmental Education and Ecotourism. The ISBC provides an excellent experience of a tropical rain
forest environment which is very attractive and friendly to all visitors who come to enjoy its serenity and also to learn about these wonderful BEES
THAT DO NOT STING!