The Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA)
NGARA was established in May 2000 at a regional workshop held in Nairobi on Conservation, Utilization and Marketing of gums and resins in Africa. The goal of NGARA is to assist African producing countries and partners to formulate a co-ordinated strategy for the sustainable development of their natural gums and resins resources in order to improve rural livelihoods and environmental conservation. NGARA is an organization that brings together members from varied fields, including farmers/collectors, traders, governments, non-governmental organizations, exporters and importers who have a common desire to improve the production and quality of locally produced gums and resins for domestic, regional and international markets.
Its mission is to position African producer countries and partners as major global players in the production, processing and marketing of gums and resins. NGARA’s objectives are:
- to promote exchange of information on production, marketing, processing and quality control among producer countries as well as with partners;
- to facilitate access to technological development and training;
- to support relevant research in the key areas of the sector
- to promote the links between the primary producer, processor and end user
Currently there are 15 member countries in sub Saharan Africa producing gums and resins namely; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Each member country selected a National Focal Point in the relevant ministry or research institute to be the executing agency of NGARA projects and appointed a National Program Coordinator who would oversee implementation of NGARA activities in the respective member countries.
Since inception, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) in Nairobi, Kenya has hosted NGARA’s Secretariat. The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the Network’s policies as well as its daily operations. It co-ordinates the activities of the National Focal Points and liaises with all partners and international agencies on all aspects of the work of the Network including technical, research, marketing, production, quality control and regulatory issues.
The network has an Executive Board comprising representatives from 3 focal points (West Africa, Central Africa and Eastern Africa), experts on production, marketing and quality control of gums and resins.
Since inception, NGARA has been playing an increasingly important role among member countries in the exchange of information on production and trade, training, technology transfer, assessment of resources and their sustainable use, enhancing capacities of stakeholders in beneficiary countries and harnessing efficient use of available resources by strengthening synergies. The establishment of NGARA was considered a significant step in the development of the gum arabic and resins sector in the dryland Sahel for ensuring food security, rural development and hence poverty alleviation.
NGARA initiated projects with other partners nationally and in the region for sustainability.
For more information visit www.ngara.org or email