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Title: Towards Forest Industrial Reform in Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon
Authors: Agbeja, B. O.
Adu-Anning, C.
Ntabe, E.
Larinde, S. L.
Akande, J. A.
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Publisher: Discovery and Innovation
Citation: Discovery and Innovation Volume 19 (AFORNET Special Edition No. 3) March 2007 ISSN 1015-079X pp 181 — 276
Abstract: This Editorial documents, a cross-country assessment of forest industry technology of selected West Africa States. In Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon, a trend assessment was made on forest industry technology adsorption and use, environmental impact and market for forest products in order to appreciate the status quo and make recommendations for growth and development. Base-line data on major forest industries including sawmills, plywood and particleboard mills, pulp and paper mills, match splint and furniture works were collected. On site surveys were carried out at all the investigated firms/ mills (121 in Ghana, 258 in Nigeria and 138 in Cameroon). In these countries, forest industry growth and development are generally influenced by physical, economic, socio-political and institutional factors. The industry is also affected by technology and information flow, management capability, structure and performance. The profitability of wood-based investments is hampered by problems related to technology, transportation costs, investment outlay, structural organization/ management, wood material source, energy needs and supply. In the main, wood processing firms in Ghana and Cameroon utilize more contemporary infrastructure when compared to the Nigerian situation beset with a preponderance of small sized sawmills operating with outmoded equipment and spare parts. Government policies propel the industry and are influenced by foreign interests. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays a significant role in technology acquisition and adoption, albeit, the operating capacity runs below installed capacity for most of the surveyed firms. Results from the survey helped to address fundamental strategies that can improve the introduction, transfer, adoption and operation of environment-friendly forest industrial processing. This editorial, therefore, highlights key areas of improvement in forest utilization capabilities across the region; suggests new policy guidelines on forest industrial growth in the sampled countries while emerging opportunities of support for forest industry development in Sub-Sahara Africa are identified.
Description: This Article was published by Discovery and Innovation Volume 19 (AFORNET Special Edition No. 3) March 2007 ISSN 1015-079X pp 181 — 276
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9670
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