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Cameroon has an abundance of natural resources, and forests in particular. Despite rapid urbanization, more than two thirds of the population still depend on agriculture. After independence in 1960 and reunification in 1961, cotton, coffee, and oil revenues boosted Cameroon’s economy initially. However, when the world market prices of the key cash crops dropped in the late 1980s, the country’s currency was    devalued. 
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47,271,000 ha
3,700.5 USD
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Whispers of Injustice: Socfin’s Decade of Legal Battle Echoing in Communities Across Cameroon

22 August 2023

In 2006, Société Camerounaise de Palmeraies (Socapalm), a subsidiary of plantation giant, Socfin, embarked on an ambitious endeavor – the cultivation of palm plantations within Dibombari’s lush rainforest expanse in Cameroon. Yet, beneath the veneer of progress lies a tapestry of troubling…

When the ‘strangers’ came – Chinese rubber giant ‘destroys’ rainforests, indigenous lives in Cameroon

11 July 2023

In southern Cameroon, about 150km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a bitter story from the colonial era is playing out. Rubber companies are once again destroying rainforests and communities.

Land rights in Cameroon in limbo

Cameroon: Women's land rights remain in limbo

1 May 2023

Whereas Cameroonian law grant men and women equal access to land ownership, unofficial yet prevalent customary laws greatly restrict women’s right to own land. 



In Cameroon, no one can be deprived of their property unless it is taken in the interest of the public. However, the law does not define what public interest means.

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Enough is enough

16 February 2023

Today, I am on board the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship, as we confront the fossil fuel company, Shell, for its role in causing climate devastation around the world - while paying nothing for this destruction. It is now a  trend almost everywhere in the world, fossil fuel and oil extraction are…

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Prindex - Perceptions of tenure security

Webinar: An introduction to Prindex, 28 November

Around the world, insecure property rights prevent families from feeling confident about the future, businesses from investing, and communities from becoming more productive. Hundreds of millions of us lack property security. This makes the world poorer, less free, and less just. There is a growing…