Gum arabic

Common challenges in gum arabic production and commercialization in West Africa: a comparative study of Cameroon, Niger and Senega

As gum arabic is widely used in food and non-food industries, demand is high all over the world. Still, smaller production countries in West Africa such as Cameroon, Niger and senegal seem to have so many difficulties producing and commercializing gum arabic that their market shares have declined significantly over the years despite their production potential. This paper reviews the development of the gum arabic market chains in Cameroon, Niger and senegal, in order to evaluate the limiting factors and identify appropriate strategies to the sector progress.

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An economic approach to household collection of gum Arabic from the wild.

Gum arabic has a wide range of industrial uses worldwide and is collected in sparsely populated dry land regions typically inhabited by poor households. In the study sample of 201 households in northern Kenya, observed marketed quantities were low. Primary data collected through personal interviews were complemented by GIS data on precipitation and vegetation cover.

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Gum arabic collection in northern Kenya: unexploited resources, underdeveloped markets

Gum arabic is a resin collected from several types of Acacia tree growing most densely in arid and semi-arid lands in East Africa and the Sahel. Kenya is particularly well endowed with gum-yielding trees but exports only small amounts of gum. Methodology: A combination of descriptive livelihood and value chain analysis was used to gain insight into the socio-economic characteristics of collectors and the role of gum arabic in their livelihood. Results: The degree of poverty encountered is considerable with most collectors barely able to maintain a subsistence level.

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