Participating gum Arabic farmers increased their incomes by an average of 200 to 350 Sudanese Pounds, or as much as $130 per family, after implementing new harvesting techniques learned through a Near East Foundation (NEF) project to improve livelihoods.
NEF is introducing the new harvesting techniques – as well as water management strategies and other simple agricultural technologies – to help gum Arabic farmers in Sudan break the poverty cycle, fight climate change, and conserve natural resources.
The recent, successful harvest in North Kordofan improved income for small-scale farmers while simultaneously expanding Acacia forest cover in the dry forest ecosystem where gum Arabic is produced.
To date, this NEF project has led 184 community-driven and community-financed activities to reduce pressure on Acacia woodlands. Activities are strengthening the rural economy and building sustainability in the forest ecosystems upon which rural livelihoods depend.
All of the participating Gum Arabic Producer Associations have now reported that they own protected forest areas around their villages. In these protected areas there is no arbitrary cutting of trees and no overgrazing.
The impact has extended to many neighboring villages (not trained or targeted by the project), which have received informal training from the leadership of participating Associations. After learning about the successful strategies, these neighboring villages have applied similar protection policies in their villages.
NEF is now preparing to provide communities with additional Acacia seedlings in the upcoming planting season, working in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Your support to vulnerable gum Arabic farmers in North Kordofan helps build peace and promote sustainable livelihoods in Sudan. Thank you!