THE PRODUCTION of acacia gum - used by cosmetic industry to make capsules and as an emulsifier - is to be boosted in Burkina Faso, Chad, Kenya, Niger, Senegal and Sudan by a US$3.5 million project coordinated by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and funded by Italy. It aims to increase the quality and quantity of acacia gum produced in these poor sub-Saharan African countries.

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