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Gum belt Workshop, El-Obeid-North Kordofan State , February 7-8, 2019

The gumbelt workshop was held in Al-Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan State in February 7-8, 2019 within the framework of the overall program of reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Sudan. The gumbelt cover vast areas of central Sudan, and has significant environmental, economic and social values.  The workshop focused on the contributing and driving factors to the rehabilitation in terms gum trees, other natural resources and the local communities. The emphasis was on gum Arabic producing trees (mainly Acacia senegal) due to their environmental and societal role, in addition to their contribution in the efforts to mitigate climate change. The main objectives were:

  1. Highlight the contribution of the gumbelt in the mitigation of climate change, reducing emissions, economic values and social importance.
  2. Engage and mobilize gum Arabic producers and associations in the rehabilitation of the efforts within the framework of exchanging and promoting benefits.
  3. Strength the roles of executive, civil society leaders and the civil societies; and to create partnerships between the official and the community towards protection and sustainable management of the gumbelt.
  4. Coordinate efforts of the executive, technical and academic bodies related to the purpose of protecting and rehabilitation of the belt by monitoring, surveying, identifying of sustainable management options and meeting the challenges.

The workshop was attended by a significant number of participants (153: 49 women and 104 men), representing stakeholders, executive entities and civil leaders. They contributed by attending, presentations and active involvement in the discussion and the workshop activities. The workshop was honored by the attention and the speech presented by the Governor of North Kordofan State, and characterized by a large representation of the executive leaderships, director general and directors of the Forests National Corporation, a number of researchers from the Universities and the Agricultural Research Commission, as well as representatives of the civil bodies and producers of gum Arabic, in addition to the media .

Workshop program and side events

Day 1: Thursday February 7th, 2019

  1. Inaugural session honored by the Governor of North Kordofan State
  2. Scientific and technical working sessions and recommendations

Opening program

The Holly Quran by Balla Musa

8:30 – 8.35 am

Director of North Kordofan State forests: Mohamedain Elamin Mohamedain

8:35 -8:40 am

Director General of the Forest National Corporation: Dr. Mohamed Ali El Hadi

8:40 – 8:50 am

Minister of the Ministry of Production and economic resources-North Kordofan: Dr. Mohamed Hamed Suleiman al-Daw

8:50 -9:00 am

Governor of North Kordofan State: Governor Ahmed Mohammed Haroun



9:00 – 9:30 am

First working session

Moderator Dr. Mohammed Hamid – Dean of the Institute of Gum Arabic Research

University of Kordofan




Mr. Buri Bella Al Hussein

The emission reduction program and the role of gumbelt in reducing emissions, its economic importance and international experiences

10:20 – 10:40 am

Redd+ Technical advisor

Natural Resources in North Kordofan State

10:40 – 10:50 am

Mr. A. Tariq al-Amin: Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources, North Kordofan

1)Experience of North Kordofan State in the rehabilitation of gumbelt

10:50 – 11:10

1.Mr. Masoud Mohammed Masoud – Coordinater of Gumbelt rehabilitation project.

2)the State Strategy for the rehabilitation".

11:10 -11:30 am

2. Mohammedain Alamin Mohammedain, Director of North Kordofan Forests


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

1.Ms.Fatima Mohammad Ahmed Ramli -

Director of Gums Department And

2.Hamdan Kabashi: representative of gum Arabic producers and associations

1)The Role of producers of gum Arabic associations in the rehabilitation of gumbelt

2) the reality and future vision of producers to adapt through the emission reduction program

12:30 – 1.00


11:30 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 – 1.00

Second working session

Moderator: Masood Mohammed Masoud

Coordinator of the Gum Arabic Belt rehabilitation project




Mr. Mohamed Moussa – North Kordofan legislative Council

Political and legislative authority for the emission reduction Program

1.00 1.20 pm

Mr. Madeni Ismail – Researcher,  Al-Obeid Research Station

Role of research in the development of the gumbelt in light of climatic changes

1:20 – 1.40

Mr. Mohamed Idris Ibrahim- Director of the support projects for restricting of gum Arabic sector.

Lessons Learned from projects operating in North Kordofan State in the involvement of communities and the private sector in marketing and value chain"

1:40  -2:00 pm

Discussion and Recommendations

2:00 -4.00 pm


 Day 2: Friday  February 8th, 2019: Field visits to Gum belt rehabilitation sites in North Kordofan State.

Day 3: Saturday February 10th, 2019: Departure of participants

Workshop Recommendations

  1. To intensify the rehabilitation efforts and activities by the Forests National Corporation, other formal sectors and the farmers in gum Arabic producing states by enhancing regeneration using seeds and seedlings, and strengthen the procedures of protection from illegal felling of trees, grazing and fire.
  2. To encourage and strengthen the participation of youth, woman and the private sector in protection, regeneration operations and production of gum Arabic.
  3. To expand extension and guidance efforts and messages for farmers and gum producers at all stages of production from tapping of all of the productive trees and gum Arabic collection, storage and marketing.
  4. To strengthen the capacities of producers, associations and communities to increase production and achieve a rewarding return by contracting systems, and to provide financial aids to increase production and to open up prospects and opportunities for local marketing (such as Al-Obeid stock exchange) and foreign markets.
  5. To improve and intensify developmental research and introduction of intermediate technology on regeneration, methods of gum production, marketing, and alternative uses of gum products.
  6. To provide basic and supportive services for the forest and farming communities in the gum belt as an integral part to the production of gum Arabic and the rehabilitation efforts of gum Arabic belt.
  7. To expand the value chains of agricultural and animal products and enhance their benefits among stakeholders by leveraging the various projects and programs for the forest farming communities in the gum producing states
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