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Title:Two cooperative unions in Africa: views from the inside
Author:Wong, Jennifer
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Subjects:marketing cooperatives
small farms
Abstract:In several African coffee producing countries, small farmers have adopted a cooperative form of organization to ensure the marketing of their individual coffee crops. Particular legislation pertaining to cooperatives is in place in many countries. But beyond this, there are no patent generalizations to make across countries about when and the conditions under which the cooperatives were established, the services they offer, the laws governing their organization and structure, how well cooperatives function, and how they have adapted to the recent trend of less government intervention in the coffee sector. This paper examines two differnt cooperative unions, Cameroon's Union centrale des coopératives agricoles de l'Ouest (UCCAO) in West Africa and Tanzania's Kagera Cooperative Union (Kagera CU) in East Africa. It shows how far the two differ, starting with the crop which is the mainstay of their respective activities. For UCCAO, it is Arabica coffee, while for the Kagera CU, it is Robusta. The paper is based on interviews held in 1992 with H. Fankam, directeur général of UCCAO, and J. Kanjagaile, export representative for the Kagera CU.