We have always believed that in order for bamboo cargo bikes to make a differences in the lives of people in Africa, scaling (i.e., mass production) would be key. We have been investigating how we could help people in Africa produce enough bikes to satisfy local demand. The first step in such an inquiry is a market study, and we have gotten a lot of help from our friends at Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) and KPMG. This is from an MCI press release:
The Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) – a joint center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute – are pleased to announce the release of the third working papers in the MCI and VCC Working Papers Series on Investment in the Millennium Cities.
The paper, entitled “Bamboo Bicycles in Kumasi, Ghana” (Working Paper No. 04/2008), assesses the feasibility and investment opportunity of implementing a bamboo bicycle production facility in Kumasi, Ghana. It was produced in partnership with KPMG.
The MCC and VCC Working Papers Series on Investment is intended to provide policy analysis and outline challenges and opportunities for investment across the Millennium Cities. For more information, please contact Editor-in Chief Dr. Karl P. Sauvant at firstname.lastname@example.org, Editor Joerg Simon at email@example.com, or Managing Editor Paulo Cunha at +646-884-7422, firstname.lastname@example.org.