Maize Supply Chain in some Selected Senior High Schools in Kumasi Metropolis

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Maize, a staple food, is the most important feed grain because of its efficient conversion of dry substance to meat, milk and eggs, compared to other grains. It has high productivity due to its large leaf as compared to other cereal crops and this is also possible because of the low position of the ear, where it is able to capture a greater proportion of the nutrients. Okomasa, Obatanpa and other hybrid varieties of maize contain very high protein, and therefore have been recommended for the consumption of senior high schools. Majority of Ghanaians consume maize in large quantities because it is produced locally and consumed locally as well. Senior High Schools form a set of major consumers of maize of which each school consumes an approximation of 481.73 bags per year. This thesis examines the maize supply chain involving some selected senior high schools in Kumasi Metropolis in the context of network, actors, risk as well as the effect of legislature. Qualitative and qualitative studies were conducted with a series of focus actors with 38 respondents that helped to identify the actors and constructed the network diagram of the actors. Some of the findings were that the actors identified were different from the usual actors within normal supply chain of producers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Regulatory bodies such as Food and Drugs Board, Ghana Inspectorate Division are advised to do well to regulate the activities of all actors in food supply chain to offset any possible risk associated with food. The actors within the schools’ supply chain are advised to be more concerned about the activities of other factors.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial fulfilment Of the requirements for the Award of the Degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2008