Value chain analysis of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) Fruits in Blue Nile State, Sudan

Tamador El Khalifa ABDELRHMAN, Yahia OMER ADAM
2020 Zenodo  
Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata L.) is one of the underutilized indigenous tree species, baobab fruits might be an opportunity as an income source for rural communities in Sudan. The specific research questions were: (i) Who is participating in the market chain of baobab fruits; (ii) what are the activities, linkages and relations between the actors in the market chain of baobab fruits; (iii) what is the relationship between main actors of baobab market chain for baobab fruits; and (v) how do
more » ... e benefits distribute between actors along market chain of baobab fruits?. Purposive sampling technique was applied to select the 54 baobab value chain actors including producers, village traders, retailers, wholesalers and consumers of baobab fruits. All selected actors were interviewed to collect information on fruits quantities and incomes generated. Additional information from a household survey, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, market surveys, direct observations, and literature review were used to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the baobab business. The study results illustrated that the main actors of the baobab along the market value were producers or gathersor collectors, village traders, retailers, wholesalers, and consumers. The study results also identified that the gross margins of the actors were 96.84%, 87.97%, 85.67% and 62.61% for the producers, wholesalers, village traders and retailers, respectively. The study concluded that baobab fruits local trade is very important for profits for all actors. Further investigations are needed on actors involved in baobab fruits trade especially local processors on big city and exporters to international markets.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4310982 fatcat:udoyhhnf7zhudotvmnfy67rwda