Towards an innovation system in the traditional sector: The case of the Nigerian Cocoa industry
Adeoti, John Olatunji
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In recent years the revitalization of the Nigerian cocoa industry through a cocoa re-birth initiative has been a major focus of the Nigerian government. By applying the analytical framework of the agricultural system of innovation this paper traces the process of valueaddition in the cocoa agro-industrial system, examines the impact of the Nigerian cocoa re-birth initiative and makes suggestions that are critical for strengthening the innovation system in a traditional sector. The study demonstrated that though an innovation system in the cocoa industry is far from being realized, the policy intervention of the cocoa rebirth initiative can be potent as an instrument of innovation. Towards this end, the findings suggest that policy emphasis should aim at organizing the cocoa re-birth initiative as an innovation focused programme that enables interactive learning among actors in cocoa research, production and industrial processing.