Innovative management of Acacia senegal trees to improve resource productivity and gum arabic production in arid and semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa - ACACIAGUM

ACACIAGUM is a regional project developed under the overall coordination of CIRAD Foret and funded by the European Union INCO DEV 6th Framework Programme. The project stared in July 2007 and will run for four years until 2011. The participating countries are Cameroon, Kenya, Niger and Senegal. The project is a scientific research type project that provides a unique north-south collaboration where relevant expertise and resources are availed for addressing problems of food security and livelihood faced by developing countries. In addition, African scientists are combining their expertise in equal partnership with European counterparts to improve resource productivity and gum Arabic production resulting in a high quality multi-displinary research approach. The overall objective of the ACACIAGUM project is to combine high gum quality with increased gum production and sustainable tree management for improved rural livelihood. The specific objectives are:

  • Documentation of traditional ecological knowledge on the management of A. Senegal resources for various uses
  • Identification of existing marketing networks and development of suitable trade chains for enhanced benefit sharing, especially among the target rural communities
  • Understanding tree eco-physiology in relation to gum yield and quality
  • Evaluation of genetic diversity in relation to gum yield and quality
  • Understanding tree-soil interactions for improved gum quality and rehabilitation of degraded sites
  • Dissemination of relevant information for informed decision making and better outcomes by target groups

The specific objectives are translated into 6 work packages implemented by participating institutions in Africa and Europe. The first five work packages (WP) are research based while WP6 ensures that existing relevant information and that generated by WP1-5 is properly packaged and availed to different stakeholders in a form that is appropriate to each of them. The 6 Work Packages (WP) are as follows:

  • WP1 Traditional ecological knowledge
  • WP 2 Marketing networks
  • WP 3 Tree eco-physiology
  • WP 4 Genetic and gum quality
  • WP 5 Tree-soil interactions
  • WP 6 Dissemination and transfer of technologies

NGARA is participating as one of the partners and taking a lead role in the work package (WP6) on information dissemination and transfer of technologies. The Participating Institutions are:

  • Departement PERSYST du Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement (CIRAD), Montpellier, France
  • Wageningen University (WU), Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • Universite Abdou Moumouni (UNIAMEY), Niamey, Niger
  • Natural Environment Research Council, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Edinburgh, UK
  • Pôle de Recherches Appliquées au Développement des Savanes d'Afrique Centrale/ Institute of Agricultural Research for Development, North Centre, Agroforestry and Forestry Program
  • (PRASAC/IRAD) Maroua, Cameroon
  • Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal
  • Institut Senegalais de Recherche Agricole (ISRA), Dakar, Senegal

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ACACIAGUM Newsletter 1_08
ACACIAGUM Newsletter 1_09 

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