It is intended to create OFFGO as a local farmers Group in Cameroon. Coherent with article 6 of Law No: 90/53 of 19 December 1990 on the freedom of association, we prepare since December 2015 the submission of our statutes to the Divisional Office. Earlier attempts to submit the statutes and relevant documents failed. Relevant information has been submitted to the Cameroon human rights commission. Its findings are found online. As a temporal solution, we do not operate any activities in Cameroon. The persons involved in the set up of the OFFGO are also individuals whose activities fall directly under the legal scope of the Palace of Tudig. This cooperation is regulated in contract CMR/2015/Tudig/1.
The goal of OFFGO, when created, is:
the promotion and implementation of organic farming, and sale of organic farming products,
the protection of the environment in which farmers operate,
the protection of the Cross river gorilla in the North West Region of Cameroon through the implementation of science-based protective organic farming programs as alternative for farmers’ activities in valuable areas for the species that might negatively influence the species’ survival, distribution or ecology,
the facilitating, negotiating and participation in mediation in times of farming-related conflicts between individuals or groups of people, whenever the need arises,
the protection, promotion and safeguarding of the fundamental rights of organic farmers, inscribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon.
It is regulated in the draft statutes that it is strictly forbidden, with penalty of suspension of membership or expulsion, for all members of the Group (article 5 of the Internal Rules and Regulations: loss of membership) to:
Use of physical or mental violence,
Use of the organization for political statements or initiatives,
Use of the name of the group for personal interests, that does not meet the objectives of the group,
Embezzle the funds, as well as the materials of the group.
All complaints in relation to violations of our Internal Rules and Regulations, and in particular of article 5, are properly investigated. An exclusion list is publicly available at our HQ.
Draft statutes OFFGO Cameroon, for publication (Law 90/053, 19 Dec 1990): version of September 2015