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Title:Village food co-operatives as institutions of rural uplift
Author:Nebasina, Ngwa
Periodical:Revue de géographie du Cameroun
Geographic term:Cameroon
production cooperatives
Abstract:Most rural areas in Cameroon produce sufficient quantities of foodstuffs that can be sold in the villages and in urban markets. Unfortunately, well-structured distribution channels are almost inexistent. Agro-pastoral and craft products are often stockpiled and are rotting in one locality while next door there is scarcity. Consequently, villages and production zones remain reservoirs of misery, poverty, low savings and investments. Food cooperatives which involve production groups in specialized zones could be guided to function as gateways to rural modernization processes. Success in socioeconomic, political, religious and other developmental domains can be attained only if grassroots and/or farmgroups within the villages are given organizational and financial support in such a way that their meagre but regular cooperative savings are deposited in viable urban financial institutions for future investments. Bibliogr., sum. also in French.