The rural reform that has been taking place in Cameroon since 1992 has introduced new operating methods in community agricultural infrastructure and local forest management. There has been a proliferation of rural organizations, grouped under the groupes dinitiative commune (GICs), new cooperatives and forest management councils. This article describes community organization in Cameroons rural areas and offers an initial evaluation of the institutional and organizational changes that marked the 1990s. The authors analyze the constraints associated with this model in terms of functionality, efficient coverage of geographical space and appropriateness to rural development issues. They also show that these forms of community organization provide important opportunities for agronomic research, agricultural development and the local management of forest resources.
Topic: rural communities,forest management,agricultural development,rural development,institutions,socioeconomic organization
Publication Year: 2003
Source: Revue Internationale d'Économie Sociale (288): 68-79