EMIGA’s specificity lies in its unique commitment to development and in its North-South partnership.
Revitalizing the Arabic Gum sector in NIGER
In 1994, through the association of the Nigerien group ASI and the French company EMIGA, a project to develop the arabic gum sector in NIGER was born. The programme had two main focusses: the production of arabic gum on acquired land and the reforestation of rural areas.
The project continues today. Its aim is to encourage the production of arabic gum production, add value to the economic development of the country, and participate in the preservation of the environment through a vast programme of Acacia Senegal plantations and the training of the local population in their cultivation and maintenance.
In partnership with ECO CARBON (which invests in projects to fight the greenhouse effect) and with the support of the World Bank, EMIGA continues to power the program in one of the poorest countries in the world, which has been severely affected for decades by desertification.
With the technical assistance from ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) EMIGA plays a pivotal role in the development of robust nurseries of Arabic Gum.
The goal of 10,000 ha of plantations was reached in 2015. To this day, the Arabic Gum sector in NIGER is generating significant economic, social and ecological benefits for the country.
Acacia Senegal, which is endemic to the entire African Sahel, is adapted to extreme drought. In addition to providing Arabic Gum, this tree participates in the rehabilitation of areas so degraded that they have become unsuitable for agriculture. The powerful root system (which has a mass twice that of the aerian parts of the plant) is highly effective in combating wind and water erosion as well as desertification. Through nitrogen fixation, Acacia trees can restore fertility and biodiversity.
system is effective to combat wind and water erosion as well as desertification. Through nitrogen fixation, Acacia’s can restore fertility and biodiversity.
More than 10,000 families have benefited from this project through the income provided by the harvests and the emission reduction certificates which are sold through the partnership with ECO CARBONE.
This extensive programme was also initiated to ensure a regular and constant supply of Acacia gum on a large scale.
The project is a part of the Community Action Programme financed by the World Bank.