The purpose of the study was to determine the profitability and competitiveness of the Arabic gum value chain in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. 40 manufacturers, 20 collectors, the Arabic gum exporters’ group, and Burkina Faso customs provided the data. Secondary and primary sources were used to compile the data. For each actor category, a single structured questionnaire was employed to collect primary data. Excel and Value Chain Analysis (VCA) software, version 10, were used to process data and estimate profitability and competitiveness indices. The Policy Analysis Matrix (MAP) was utilised to conduct the analysis. The Arabic gum value chain looks to be financially and economically advantageous, according to the findings. According to competitiveness metrics, Burkina Faso’s Sahel area has a comparative advantage in the production of Arabic gum. Domestic resource costs demonstrate that all economic agents use domestic resources rationally. The revenues will very certainly be used to enhance Arabic gum manufacturing, which will improve the living conditions of Burkina Faso’s Sahel producers.
Institut du Développement Rural/Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso, 01 BP 1091 Bobo-Dioulasso 01, Burkina Faso.
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