Background information on NGARA Uganda Programme
NGARA Uganda Program Update
i) Resource Mapping and Assessment of gum arabic and aloe producing species
This activity of resource mapping was spearheaded by the experts from the
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).
A report entitled; Uganda Program on Gum Arabic, Aloe and Allied Dryland
Resources :Resource Mapping, Assessment and Strengthening of the Local
Capacity detailing the methodology, results and preliminary maps showing
location, distribution and densities was presented to the Government of
Uganda in February 2007.
Further ground truthing and verification is being undertaken before final
maps and a harmonized report are produced.
ii) Resource Identification
Plant taxonomists undertook taxonomical identification within the selected
areas by species, sub species and varieties that produce gum arabic
(including potential adulterants), Aloe and other dryland resources in
Karamoja region. A detailed taxonomical description of all the identified
species was provided.
iii) Capacity Building
The training of subject matter specialists, producers and collectors was
carried out in March 2007 in the following areas:
• Gum arabic and aloe resources
• Rapid resources assessment
• Best harvesting practices
• Cleaning and sorting
• Storage and packaging
For more details, contact
NGARA Focal Point
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
P. O. Box 102 Entebbe,