The Community from which MACEFCOOP farmers are drawn and in which they live

The people of the MACEFCOOP area are primarily Ejagham or Kenyang. Culturally, the Ejaghams, Denya and Banyangi people are related. They generally call themselves the Mamfé people.

Kenyang speakers are called the Banyangi, Banyang or Bayang and call themselves Manyang. They account for 53 villages in Mamfé Central Sub-Division and Upper Banyang Sub-Division. A further 10 villages are found in Nguti Sub-Division and there are many others living in urban areas of the country. 'Lower Kenyang' is centred on Mamfé and is spoken in the Western half of the language area. 'Upper Kenyang' is centred on Tali (north-east of Tinto) and is spoken in the eastern half of the area. The triangle of villages from Eyang, Bakebe and Ntenbang can be considered to be 'Central Kenyang' speakers.
Adapted from Kenyang Segmental Phonology by Tanyi Eyong Mbuagbaw

I used to live in a thatch house, now I have a new roof in zinc
Agbor Helene, Kemden society

Many trade languages can be heard throughout the Banyang area. Government schools and Mission schools teach in English and French. Kenyang has just been introduced in primary schools in recent years. Pidgin and Kenyang are widely used for marketing and business purposes. As one starts moving to other neighbouring language areas such as Ejagham, Denya, Mundani, and Ngwe, the local population becomes bilingual. They speak the Kenyang language and the language of their neighbours.
from Kenyang Segmental Phonology by Tanyi Eyong Mbuagbaw

Languages of the MACEFCOOP area

EJAGHAM language (40-50k) Whole of Eyumodjok Subdivision and southern part of Mamfe Subdivision west of Mamfe, Manyu Division, South West Province in Cameroon.
KENDEM (1k) Villages of Kendem and Bokwa east of Mamfe, Mamfe Subdivision, Manyu Division, South West Province.
BALO (?) Akwaya Subdivision
BOKYI (3.7k) Along Nigerian border northwest of Mamfe, Akwaya Subdivision, Manyu Division, South West Province.
DENYA (11.2k) Central and southern parts of Akwaya Subdivision and northern part of Mamfe Central Subdivision, Manyu Division, South West Province.
KENYANG (65k) Around and southwest of Mamfe, Mamfe Central Subdivision and Upper Banyang Subdivision, Manyu Division; and eastern corner of Nguti Subdivision, Meme Division, South West Province.
MANTA (13.6k) Approximately 20 villages in a 40 km. stretch in Manyu Division northeast of Mamfe, from the border of Mom (Akwaya Subdivision) to Manta (Mamfe Subdivision), South West Province.
MUNDANI (34k) South of Batibo, Mamfe and northern Fontem subdivisions, Manyu Division, South West Province.

living conditions
gender issues

democracy , which really belongs to assemblies and committees.

before MACEFCOOP also in _org also include the role of the family in farming, and seasonal employment elsewhere (eg Dominican Republic), infrastructure issues affecting the community (eg road state), health and mortality factors, languages, and remuneration issues (and the impact of price fluctuation, delays, erratics, etc and good news re: Fairtrade etc that needs to be built on)
The way I am dressed today is an indication that my life has improved with MACEFCOOP, otherwise I wouldn’t even be here
a member at Mamfé Akwaya