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Title:The social significance of cooperatives and farmers' involvement in the Littoral Province of Cameroon: an empirical analysis using multiple regression equations
Author:Nyemba, Ambela JeanISNI
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Cameroon
West Africa
Subjects:agricultural cooperatives
Economics, Commerce
rural development
Abstract:In 1987, the government of Cameroon issued a decree creating farmer cooperatives all over the country in place of various rural development organizations which had failed to provide assistance to small farmers in rural communities. This study analyses farmers' perceptions of what a good cooperative is on the basis of an investigation carried out at Cooplacarm coffee cooperative in Nkongsamba, Littoral Province. 127 cooperative members were selected out of a total of 1500, and these were interviewed on their perceptions of the socioeconomic significance of the cooperative and their involvement in the organization. The findings indicate that in order to be of economic significance, cooperatives should give their members a chance to be actively involved in cooperative operations. Meaningful interactions with cooperative leaders are essential. The regression equations developed in the study were very weak in explaining farmers' production in terms of cooperative membership and the extent to which they enjoy the advantages provided by the cooperative. Other indicators, such as the amount of labour and other inputs used, farm size, and producer prices, should also be taken into account. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.