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Gum arabic from Niger
NGARA Team with the President of Uganda H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Boswellia neglecta -is the gum resin producing tree
The Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA)
The Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA) is a Pan African organization assisting African producing countries and partners formulate a coordinated strategy for the sustainable development of their natural gums, resins and allied dryland resources, for improving rural livelihood and environmental conservation. The organization focuses more on enhancing value chains for improving rural livelihood and environmental conservation.
The vision of NGARA is to position African producer countries and partners as major global players in the production, processing and marketing of gums, resins and allied tree based commodities from the drylands of Sub Saharan Africa.
A range of gums and resins are be obtained from trees and forests in African drylands, which are characterized by desertification and high levels of poverty.
If well managed and sustainably harvested, these locally adapted trees and forests provide a viable means for combating and preventing desertification and, through the commercial use of their gums and resins, enhancing the livelihoods and resilience of local communities, especially in the face of climate change.
WHO WE ARE
The NGARA mission is to assist African producer countries and partners to formulate and implement a coordinated strategy for the sustainable development of their natural gum and resin resources to improve rural livelihoods and increase resilience to climate change and desertification.
- To promote the exchange of information on the production, marketing, processing and quality control of gums and resins in producer countries and with partners
- To facilitate access to technological development and training
- To support relevant research in the key areas of the sector.
- To promote links between primary producers, processors and end users.
ROLE OF NGARA IN THE REGION
NGARA has implemented projects with partners at the country level and regionally.
NGARA is playing an increasingly important role in encouraging the exchange of information on gum and resin production and trade; training; technology transfer; the assessment of resources and their sustainable use; enhancing the capacities of stakeholders in member countries; and harnessing the efficient use of available resources by strengthening synergies. The establishment of NGARA was a significant step in the development of the commercial gums and resins sector in African dry-lands as a way of increasing food security, assisting rural development and alleviating poverty.
What has been achieved so far:
Countries of presence
Tones of resins and gums produced
Out of passion, a purpose is born
Poverty is a major drawback in the progress of every society. It makes it difficult to provide basic human needs and wants. Many other sectors such as education, healthcare, e.t.c are badly affected by inadequacy.
Plant gums (gum arabic, gum karaya, combretums and Albizzias) and gum resins (Fankincense, Myrrh and Opoponax) are articles of commerce for millennia and remain important to the present day. In ancient times, during days of the pharaohs, they were used to preserve (mummify) bodies.