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Cocoa Production and Related Social-Economic and Climate Factors: A Case Study of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, Adeniyi, O. R., and Ogunsola G.O. , Agricultural Science , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nigeria, p.13, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa agroforestry a bridge for sustainable organic cocoa Production, Nunoo, Isaac, and Owusu Victor , 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference, 10/2014, Istanbul, Turkey, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Fertilizer Forum, World Cocoa Foundation, and Initiative IDH - sustaina , 10/2014, Copenhagen, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Improving Productivity and Alleviating Poverty by Acknowledging the Role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Increasing Cocoa Quality by Acknowledging the role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
An Assessment of Investment in Technology in Cocoa Processing Industry in Nigeria, , Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development , 05/2014, Volume 5, Issue 10, Akure, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Improving Cocoa Production Through Lean: A Case Study of the Ghanaian Cocoa Industry, Boateng, Kwasi , The Faculty of the Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences , 05/2014, Volume Master of Science , Bowling Green, p.62, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Quality Index Proposal, .R, AraujoQ, and al FernandesC.A.F et , 05/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

Improving Cocoa Production Through Lean: A Case Study of the Ghanaian Cocoa Industry

TitleImproving Cocoa Production Through Lean: A Case Study of the Ghanaian Cocoa Industry
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBoateng, Kwasi
Academic DepartmentThe Faculty of the Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences
DegreeMaster of Science
Number of Pages62
Date Published05/2014
UniversityWestern Kentucky university
CityBowling Green
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsproduction
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Cocoa has immensely contributed to the economy of the West African country of Ghana over the years, especially in exports. For example, cocoa beans and products accounted for 28.1 percent of total exports (Bank of Ghana, 2012) and has consistently accounted for almost half of agricultural exports (Breisinger, Diao, Kolavalli, & Thurlow, 2008). Breisinger et al (2008) further estimated that cocoa is poised to remain Ghana’s most important cash crop and is expected to contribute about 44 percent of exports by 2015. According to the International Cocoa Organization (2012), cocoa production from Ghana in the 2009/2010 season accounted for about 17.5 percent of global production, second to Cote D’Ivoire, which produced 34 percent.

The contribution of cocoa to the Ghanaian economy is immense, since it benefits the central government, and a good number of Ghanaian cocoa farmers. For instance, in October 2012, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning who doubled as the chairperson of the Producer Price Review Committee indicated that producer price of cocoa had seen an increment from GHC 205 to GHC 212 per bag for the 2012/2013 cocoa season. This increment was in spite of the fact that there had been a drop in the prices of cocoa worldwide from USD 3,000 to USD 2,300 in October 2012 (ISSER, 2012).

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) regulates the cocoa industry in Ghana, with a primary mandate of enabling production, processing, and marketing of cocoa as efficiently and effectively as possible (Ghana Cocoa Board, 2012). The Quality Control Company, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, the Cocoa Marketing Company, and

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