A successful pilot project was carried out on gum arabic production in Kordofan, Sudan. Several factors are essential for scaling up the results to achieve larger landscape restoration goals, including climate change adaptation and mitigation. This article recommends how to make a better case for investment in dryland restoration with international financial institutions, including those interested in climate change, and how to encourage private-sector investment from large commodity buyers to partner with smallholder farmers to improve the chances of long-term sustainability.
This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.