Support farmers and fight poverty in Sudan

by Near East Foundation (NEF) Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


NEF is helping farmers break the poverty cycle, fight climate change, and conserve natural resources through this innovative project that is building sustainability in Sudan's "Gum Belt."

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Gum arabic farming provides income for 1 in 5 people in Sudan, and could support more families in impoverished rural areas. Drought, desertification, war, lack of tools and education are challenging farmers' ability to harvest gum arabic, which has global market demand and grows naturally in Sudan's harsh climate. Traditional harvesting techniques have negative environmental and economic impacts. At the current rate, farmers may soon deplete the forest resource they rely upon for survival.


Our project is helping farmers overcome poverty, conserve natural resources, and build peace through training in sustainable gum arabic harvesting techniques and conflict management. Gum arabic production and small-scale farmer incomes increase, while participants preserve forests and water supplies. Community micro-lending provides farmers with funds to purchase supplies that support improved water capture and storage, business planning, and other tools to fight drought and climate change.

Long-Term Impact

This project is improving lives in Sudan's North Kordofan State by increasing current and future income for farmers, helping vulnerable communities become self-sustaining. Forest cover is expanding in the dry "Gum Belt," helping stabilize the environment and fight climate change. Farmers provide a worldwide good by supplying the market with an essential product, while manufacturers and consumers benefit globally from increased supply.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


NEF's Website on the Gum Arabic Project

Organization Information

Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Sarah Peterson
Program Officer
New York, NY United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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