Elisabeth Atangana is a farmer by profession. In 1980 she established the Association of Women for Sustainable Development “Entre Nous” in the town of Esse; established the Chain of Solidarity and Support of Actions for Sustainable Development (CHASAADD-M) in 1991, the organization of integrated local development and vocational training center for farmers; and the creation of the Common Fund to Support Grassroots Organizations (FOCAOB), a specialized tool in rural finance created and managed by farmers themselves.
Since 1998, she has been involved in the establishment of the National Peasant Movement through the National Coordination of Peasant Organizations of Cameroon (CNOP-CAM) and in the process of creating the PROPAC (Sub-regional Platform of Peasant Organizations of Central Africa) in 2005, of which she has been the president until today.
Between October 2010 and September 2012, she acted as the first President of the Platform of the Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO). As President of the PAFO (Panafrican Famers Organizations), she was strongly involved in the training of trainers, responsible leaders of farmers' organizations in Cameroon and in the Central Africa region, notably through the creation of a vocational training center for trades Upstream and downstream of agro-pastoral and rural production. It has thus created a nursery for social actors of change, and has promoted the development of several peasant organizations, cooperatives, federations, NGOs for the provision of local services in rural areas.
On 29 May 2012, she was appointed as Special Ambassador for Cooperatives by FAO. She has made it a priority to take into account the specificity of women and rural youth in policies and strategies for sustainable development, as well as to work to develop vocational training and employment for young farmers and rural people.
Ms ATANGANA is committed to defending the interests of the equity of rural rights, the place of women and young people for security, food sovereignty, access to water, credit and land.