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Rehabilitating gum arabic systems in Sudan: Economic and environmental implications

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The economic and environmental benefits of gum arabic production in the Sudano-Sahelian zone appear attractive. However, the farm-level economics of gum arabic production is complex, and much more needs to be understood about the economic-environmental interactions determining farmers' gum cropping. The following paper explores these issues in Sudan through a crop profitability analysis of gum and other crops combined with financial and economic analyses of six representative gum arabic production systems. Although the returns from gum compare favourably with other crops in Sudan, essential investments by farmers in cultivating gum will depend on its real producer price being maintained and other incentives determining the relative profitability of gum. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

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  • Edward Barbier, 1992. "Rehabilitating gum arabic systems in Sudan: Economic and environmental implications," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 2(4), pages 341-358, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:2:y:1992:i:4:p:341-358
    DOI: 10.1007/BF00304966
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    1. Barbier, Edward B & Markandya, Anil & Pearce, David W, 1990. "Sustainable Agricultural Development and Project Appraisal," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 17(2), pages 181-196.
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    1. Mujawamariya, Gaudiose & D'Haese, Marijke, 2012. "In search for incentives to gum arabic collection and marketing in Senegal: Interlocking gum trade with pre-finances from traders," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 72-82.

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