NGARA coordinating the formulation of a project funded through the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD entitled; Using Acacias in landscape management practices to mitigate land degradation, reduce poverty and promote food security in four member countries namely Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda.
NGARA provided technical assistance and was responsible for overall administration and coordination of the Working Groups in the four countries. The NGARA and UNCCD Focal points in these countries participated in the process of producing concept notes and proposals at country level.
All the 4 countries produced country concept notes and organized stakeholders’ workshops as given below.
In Mali, a national stakeholder workshop on the Potentials for the Development of the Gum Arabic Sector to Combat Land Degradation and Promote Food Security was held on 13 and 14 November 2007. Discussions focused on key issues regarding promotion of the gum arabic trade, integration of the gum arabic sector into ongoing policy processes, and mobilization of financial resources for development of the sector.
The National Project Coordinator (NPC) of the Acacia Operation Project (AOP) in Burkina Faso who was also the NGARA focal person established synergy between this project and the FAO/NGARA AOP Project and held workshop in February 2008. A workshop in was held in July 2008 and brought together 55 participants representing all stakeholders in the gum Arabic sub-sector. The key outputs included development of a 10-year strategic plan for the sub-sector, use of the Acacia in combating land degradation and mobilization of resources for implementing the strategic plan.
The Stakeholders workshop in Uganda was held in January 2008 to discuss a road map for the gum Arabic activities in the country. The workshop reviewed key institutions in the gum Arabic and allied commodities in the dry lands, mechanisms for resource mobilization and potential investors. Better opportunities exist in the country because of the political good will at the highest level.
The stakeholders’ workshop in Ethiopia was held on March 25th and 26th 2008. Key aspects considered included future activities, institutional framework and coordination, and strategies for resource mobilization.
The stakeholders’ workshop in Ethiopia was held on March 2008. Key aspects considered included future activities, institutional framework and coordination, and strategies for resource mobilization.
Outputs of the country projects were shared with GM to mobilize further resources for implementation.