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Title:Women's Cooperatives in Cameroon: The Cooperative Experiences of the Northwest and Southwest Provinces
Author:DeLancey, Mark W.
Year:1987
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:30
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:1-18
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:marketing cooperatives
women
palm oil
Women's Issues
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
economics
Labor and Employment
organizations
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524501
Abstract:The currently existing cooperatives for women in anglophone Cameroon began only in 1970. Several governmental bodies and the women's wing of the Cameroon National Union began to organize women in urban areas in palm oil cooperatives. A number of societies came into being in a short period of time and the idea soon spread from its original site in the Southwest Province to the Northwest Province. Most of the original structures established in the coastal area have failed, but those in the Northwest Province continue to exist, though with a mixed record of success. Although in many respects the experiments in the Southwest and Northwest were similar, there are differences in purpose, social situation, and governmental involvement that may be related to the differences in success. Interviews with Cameroon officials and foreign assistance workers, archival and documentary material, and personal observations during two periods of research (1975-1976, 1980-1981) have provided the data upon which to compare and analyse these two experiences. Bibliogr., notes.
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