The rainy season in Sudan’s North Kordofan State lasts from approximately June to September of each year. Rains can leave the sandy environment covered with large puddles, and make roads impassable.
During this time, gum arabic farmers prepare for the planting season ahead. Crops and new seedlings are planted when the rains end.
This year, North Kordofan received good amounts of rainfall throughout the rainy season. As this arid region is frequently plagued by drought, farmers are hopeful that the extra rainfall will mean a good planting season and harvest.
The rains have recently ended, and we are currently working in partnership with the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture to distribute Acacia seedlings to farmers in four targeted villages. These seedlings will help to further expand forest cover, and contribute to increased production and income for gum arabic farmers.
Similar seedling distribution and support during the last planting season helped targeted farmers to increase incomes by an average of 200 to 350 Sudanese pounds per year.
We still support these farmers and their Gum Arabic Producer Associations. Our field team has seen how farmers continue to use knowledge gained through the project to increase forest cover and improve gum harvesting methods – thereby improving livelihoods for their families. Individuals in surrounding villages have also benefited from trainings, as farmers have shared their new knowledge.
Your support to vulnerable gum arabic farmers in North Kordofan helps build peace and promote sustainable livelihoods in Sudan.
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