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Some Challenges in the Cocoa industry, Etoa, Pierre , Chocoa 2014, 03/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
FAIR TRADE – CONTRADICTING OR COMPLEMENTING SE? A critical research on RISE's Fair Trade activities within a social entrepreneurial framework, Gottlieb, Mikkel , Department Psychology and Eduction, 06/2014, Volume Social Entrepreneurship and Management, Roskilde, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Partnerships intervening in global food chains: the emergence of co-creation in standard-setting and certification, Vellema, Sietze, and van Wijk Jeroen , Journal of Cleaner Production, 04/2014, Volume XXX, Netherlands, p.9, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
SOLOMON ISLANDS COCOA VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS, Vadnjal, Dan, and Pelomo Moses , 04/2014, p.35, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Quality of Vietnamese cocoa liquor and butter, Phuc, Cat-Hanh Nguyen , Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - University of Gent (Belgium), 2013, Volume Msc., Gent, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
A product chain organisation study of certified Cocoa supply, Afrane, George, Arvidsson Rickard, Baumann Henrikke, Borg Josefin, Keller Emma, Canals Llorenç Milà í, and Selmer Julie K. , The 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management, 08/2013, Gothenburg, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Internal Marketing Policy of Cocoa in Ghana: Farmers’ Incentives and Challenges, Adu-Appiah, A., A. Seini Wayo, Mensah-Bonsu A., and Dzomeku B.M. , International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, 12/2013, Volume 4, Issue 4, p.664, (2013) , (Academic Publication)

Assessing the Challenges and Implementation of Supply Chain Integration in the Cocoa Industry: a factor of Cocoa Farmers in Ashanti Region of Ghana's picture
TitleAssessing the Challenges and Implementation of Supply Chain Integration in the Cocoa Industry: a factor of Cocoa Farmers in Ashanti Region of Ghana
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsOtchere, Alexander Fianko, Annan Jonathan, and Quansah Emmanuel
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Social Science
Date Published05/2013
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordscocoa industry, Supply chain integration

The problem of partial supply chain integration is going on within the cocoa industry in Ghana. The study sort to examine the major challenges within the industry, which inhibits effective implementation and use of supply chain integration; the relative importance index run on the mean factors indicated that, all the factors of internal, customer and supplier integrations were important for all the groups. The study further revealed that the best way of implementing supply chain integration is to start from functional integration through internal to external integrations. Implementing complete integration both upstream, operations, and downstream is better. Some of the major challenges were poor technological innovations, lack of information sharing and poor integrated database. Finally, the Cocoa industry should adopt pragmatic approach to implement all the three aspects of integration and follow the right way of implementing them to reduce the challenges of integration.