Gum arabic

Gum arabic is an exudate of acacia sap, whose physico-chemical properties give many applications in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic industries (as well as other industries). The term gum arabic includes two types of gum: hard gum (hashab in Sudan, kitir in Chad) from the acacia senegal and friable gum (talha) from the acacia seyal. These 2 varieties of acacia grow throughout the Sudano-Sahelian belt but production and exports are concentrated around a few countries, including Sudan (67% of exports from producing countries), Chad (15%), Nigeria (7%) and Mali (5%).
Since 2014, we have continuously monitored the market and prices in the main producing countries. Our advanced expertise in this market allows us to advise producer organizations, importers or States and International Organizations in the design of their sectoral policy.

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Our gum experiences

  • Market Study on Gum Arabic (Chad / Sudan-2016-IRAM)

  • Technical assistance for market access training and standards (Chad-2015-SosSahel)

  • Acacia Project Impact Studies (Chad-2014-Danone)

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