Acacia seyal var. seyal: A Multipurpose Tree Species for Rural Development, Hunger and Poverty Alleviation in Sudan
Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal1,2, Claus-Thomas Bues2
1University of Khartoum, Dept. of Forest Products and Industries, Sudan
Acacia seyal var. seyal is considered as one of the most widely distributed tree species in Sudan; nevertheless rural populations are not benefiting much from its wood. Acacia seyal's uses concentrate in charcoal, firewood and fuel wood due to the lack of information on its wood properties. Despite the richness of Sudan in most of basic factors required to establish forest based industries it still depend almost entirely on imports to satisfy its needs for pulp and paper, fiberboard,. . .etc . There is an urgent need to evaluate the available locally raw materials as potential sources for forest based industries. This would not only reduce imports, but it would also promote rural development, alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods of local communities.
Keywords: Acacia seyal var. seyal, forests based industries, rural development
Contact Address: Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal, University of Khartoum, Dept. of Forest Products and Industries, Khartoum, Sudan, e-mail: hanadishawgi1979yahoo.com