Shea is trading in French-speaking Africa
The multimillion-dollar shea industry is booming in French-speaking Africa. With the right support, there is a lot of room for the sector to grow and for rural women to benefit.
Protecting an enigmatic commodity with enormous potential – gum arabic
For an arid swath of Africa, a sap-like substance offers income possibilities for the poorest of the poor, along with environmental benefits
Fighting to maintain ecosystem balance and halt the advancing Sahara desert
Oumar is one of the 370,500 people in Mali producing gum arabic, among which 80% (296,400) are women.