Growing demand in Gum arabic means new opportunities for African producers
A natural product derived from hardened acacia tree sap, harvested in the Sahel region of Africa, gum arabic is used primarily by the food industry.
The transformation of gum arabic production into more income-generating activities has the potential to not only promote economic development through higher incomes, but also to secure rural livelihoods, empower vulnerable groups, including women, and promote synergies with natural resource management and climate change mitigation.
Illustration Photo: Gum arabic store in Ethiopia. Each gum is cleaned by hand, sorted by size, and then color. Gum is collected from Acacia (Boswllia Paprifera ) and Acacia Senegal (South East Boswllia Negra). (credits: Ollivier Girard / CIFOR / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))