University of Kordofan
Inistitute of Gum Arabic & Desetification Studies

Research Plan for 5 Years (2015 - 2019)

During the specified period the institute is expected to design, implement and evaluate problem-oriented research projects pertinent to its mandates.

Total cost: ……………………………

Suggested research activities

  • Short-term activities, ST, (up to 12 months)
  • Medium-term activities, MT, (from 13 month -24 months)
  • Long-term activities, LT, (25 month up to 60 months)
  • Routine activities RA, (continuous activities)

A. Department of Gum Arabic Research

  1. Reproduction of Acacia senegal using micro-propagation (LT) and other conventional propagation methods.
  2. Genetic Improvement of Acacia senegal for Sustainable uses (LT)
  3. Effect of climate variability and tapping dates on gum Arabic production (MT)
  4. Effect of Green Houses on germination and growth of Acacia senegal seeds (ST)
  5. Rehabilitation of Khor-Taggat forest (2-5 ha annually) (RA)
  6. Nursery Management for seedlings Production (RA)
  7. 7.Gum Arabic and food security (LT)
  8. 8.Gum Arabic promotion and marketing (LT)
  9. 9.Gum Arabic chain (MT)
  10. 10. The effects of Institutional and pricing policies on gum trade (ST)
  11. 11.Macro and micro finance and their role on revitalization of gum arabic marketing (MT)
  12. 12. Non-marketable goods and services of gum trees (LT)
  13. Gum Arabic derivatives preparation and processing (MT)
  14. Gum treatment and processing to meet the ISO standard (LT)
  15. Microbial pollution in different gum production and processing stages (MT).
  16. Assessing the effects of storage on gum quality (LT).
  17.  Gum as food additive to replace some imported food additives (MT)
  18. Use of gum in daily food stuff (LT)
  19. Characteristics and Indigenous uses of inferior gums (MT)  
  20. Gum effective ingredients and their medicinal uses (LT)

B. Department of Extension, training and documentation

  1. Assessment of training needs for gum Arabic stakeholders (ST)
  2. Conduct extension training packages for gum Arabic stakeholders (RA)
  3. In-service training for the staff of gum Arabic research centre(RA)
  4. Specialized training workshops for the staff and other related stakeholders (RA).
  5. Raising the awareness of gum Arabic stakeholders via mass media (RA).
  6. Documentation of gum Arabic research centre activities (RA)
  7. Publications (RA).

C. Department of Desertification Studies

  1. Socioeconomic impacts of desertification on gum belt
  2. Climate change and natural resources management
  3. Remote sensing application in desert affected areas.
  4. Agroforestry systems in gum arabic belt
  5. Soil and water management in arid and semi-arid areas
  6. Climate change mitigation and coping strategies
  7. Gum Arabic, sustainable farming and better livelihood (LT)
  8. Adaptive strategies of gum arabic stakeholders to climate change (MT)

Key:

  • A: Department of Gum Research
  • B: Department of Extension, Trainings and Documentation
  • C: Department of Desertification Studies          
  • ST: Short Term Activity
  • MT: Middle Term Activity
  • LT: Long Term Activity
  • RA: Routine work or Continuous Activity

 Time schedule:

Research Activity 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Reproduction of Acacia senegal using micro-propagation   and other conventional propagation methods (LT) ........ ....... …… ……  
Genetic Improvement of Acacia senegal for Sustainable uses (LT) …… …… …… …… ……
Effect of climate variability and tapping dates on gum Arabic production (MT) …… …..      
Effect of Green Houses on germination and growth of Acacia senegal seeds (ST) ..... .....      
Rehabilitation of Khor-Taggat forest (2-5 ha annually) …… …… …... ….. …..
Nursery Management for seedlings Production (CA) ….. ….. …… …… ……
Assessment of training needs for gum Arabic stakeholders (ST) ♪♪♪       ♪♪♪
Extension training packages for gum Arabic stakeholders (CA) ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪
In-service training for the staff of gum Arabic research centre(RA) ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪
Specialized training workshops for the staff and other related stakeholders (RA). ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪
Raising the awareness of gum Arabic stakeholders via mass media (RA). ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪
Documentation of gum Arabic research centre activities (RA) ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪
Publications (RA). ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪
Gum Arabic and food security (LT) ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪
Gum Arabic, sustainable farming and better livelihood (LT) ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪
Gum Arabic promotion and marketing (LT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Gum Arabic chain (MT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Adaptive strategies of gum arabic stakeholders to climate change (MT) ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪   ▪▪▪▪▪ ▪▪▪▪▪
The effects of Institutional and pricing policies on gum trade (ST) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Macro and micro finance and their role on revitalization of gum arabic marketing (MT) ….. ….. ….. …..  
Non-marketable goods and services of gum trees (LT) ….. ….. ….. …..  
Gum Arabic derivatives preparation and processing (MT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Gum treatment and processing to meet the ISO standard (LT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Microbial pollution in gum production and processing stages (MT). ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Assessing the effects of storage on gum quality (LT). ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Gum as food additive to replace some imported food additives (MT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Use of gum in daily food stuff (LT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Characteristics and Indigenous uses of inferior gums (MT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..
Gum effective ingredients and their medicinal uses (LT) ….. ….. ….. ….. …..