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Coffee production was the main source of family income in the North West Province of Cameroon until there was a fall in coffee prices. The author recounts a positive side effect of this potential economic crisis for the province: the empowerment of women. Previously denied land-ownership, due to men’s traditional hold on land and women’s legal status, women bought now-unused land and successfully made money from their produce. The resulting shift in financial power saw the beginning of a shift in status for these women: with economic control came decision-making power.

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