Economics of the gum arabic value chain in Senegal

G. Mujawamariya

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


 A Gum arabic has an important international market due to its use in various industries. Senegal is a small producing country whose exports are low probably due to problems of developing internal markets resulting from the lack of price incentives. The study’s main aim is to link the market side to the collection side in order to investigate factors influencing the performance of the supply chain of gum arabic. The study is conducted in the Sylvopastoral zone and Eastern Region of Senegal where Acacia senegal trees are found and gum arabic is commercially exploited.

The main findings of the study are that, productivity-enhancing methods have to be adopted; market incentives are fundamental for the continuation of collection; traders in the gum markets are not necessarily exploitative; quality as required by the user may not be directly linked to the visible quality attributes in the field; and that the transition from communal organisation of collection to efficient private collection systems depends mainly on the assessment of economic benefits and costs. However, the importance attached to environmental and social considerations has to be recognised especially in the drylands where gum arabic is collected.



Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Bulte, Erwin, Promotor
  • Burger, Kees, Co-promotor
  • D'Haase, M.F.C., Co-promotor, External person
Award date1 Oct 2012
Place of PublicationS.l.
Print ISBNs9789461733689
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • development economics
  • value chain analysis
  • gum arabic
  • developing countries
  • trade
  • economic analysis
  • commodity markets
  • senegal
  • west africa

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