Genesis / milestones

In June 1999 Macefcoop's coffee was formally recognized as organic and the first 600 bags of organic robusta coffee, the first to be socially and organically labelled from Africa, left the port of Douala.
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HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS

Originally, MACEFCOOP was founded in 1986. Prior to this year, MACEFCOOP had existed through several different structures and under other names to accommodate alterations in government policy and regulations from the 1950s. With the name Mamfé Cooperative Farmers Association (MCFA), the organisation was established in 1951. Its members were small village groups known as primary societies, which gathered their produce and sent this to MCFA for marketing.

YEARDEVELOPMENT
1951 The organisation was established in 1951 with the name Mamfé Cooperative Farmers Association (MCFA). Its members were small village groups, known as primary societies, which gathered their produce and sent it to MCFA for marketing.
1979 In November 1979, due to the total re-organisation of the cooperatives in the South-West province of Cameroon, the name of the cooperative changed to Mamfé Area Farmers Cooperative (MAFCOOP). The individual farmers made up the membership and it became a society.
1986 MACEFCOOP (Mamfé Central Farmers Cooperative) was founded in 1986.
1993MACEFCOOP export of cocoa and coffee begins.
1994 In its present form, MACEFCOOP was re-registered as an independent democratic cooperative in January 1994 under the registration No SW/CO/25/94/073, following the new law No 92/006 of 14 August 1992 relating to cooperative societies and common initiative groups. The cooperative area of jurisdiction covers the entire former enlarged Manyu division.
1999 In June 1999 MACEFCOOP's coffee was certified as organic and the first 600 bags of organic robusta coffee from West Africa was shipped from Douala.
2000 MACEFCOOP registered in the Fairtrade register for Cocoa and Coffee. Due to this registration, the cooperative is able to trade under Fairtrade terms.

In November 1979, due to the total re-organisation of the cooperatives in the South-West province of Cameroon, the name of the cooperative changed to Mamfé Area Farmers Cooperative (MAFCOOP). The individual farmers made up the membership and it became a society. Due to the large area of its operations and considering the need to provide satisfactory services to members, MAFCOOP was split in 1986 into Mamfé Central Farmers Cooperative (MACEFCOOP) and Eyumojock Farmers Cooperative (EYUFCOOP). MACEFCOOP was then registered as a cooperative on the 17th of January 1986 under law No 73/15 of 7th December 1973 relating to rules and regulations governing cooperative societies in Cameroon under the No DCM 120.

In its present form, MACEFCOOP was re-registered as an independent democratic cooperative in January 1994 under the registration No SW/CO/25/94/073, following the new law No 92/006 of the 14 August 1992 relating to cooperative societies and common initiative groups. The cooperative area of jurisdiction covers the entire former enlarged Manyu division.

MACEFCOOP has been registered in the Fairtrade register for Cocoa and Coffee since 2000. Due to this registration, the cooperative is considered as a Fairtrade Producer member and benefits from Fairtrade contracts and support.