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Nexira Launches the third phase of its Acacia Program to Promote Sustainability in Africa While Significantly Reducing Carbon Footprint

Promoting Sustainability while Reducing Carbon Footprint

As consumers increasingly expect the food and beverage and supplement industries to take a leading role in addressing climate change, Nexira, a global leader in natural ingredients, is proud to announce the launch of the third phase of its Acacia Program. This program aims to promote sustainability and positive social impact in Africa. At the same time, Nexira is making significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint.

Sustainability Commitment

Nexira’s program has a long-standing commitment to preserving natural resources, supporting local communities, and promoting sustainable development. The company aligns its sustainability approach with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Acacia Program, phases 1 and 2 (2009-2020):

For over a decade, Nexira has worked in Chad in collaboration with SOS Sahel, and its partners to protect the acacia resource, enhance the lives of local populations, and promote sustainability. Key achievements include increase of acacia gum production, reforestation efforts, action in favor of biodiversity through assisted natural regeneration, or improved cooking stoves.

Acacia Program, phase 3 (2022-2030):

The phase 3 of the Acacia Program is a significant milestone in Nexira’s journey towards a more sustainable future. This initiative complements the phases 1 and 2 of Acacia Program and supports rural communities engaged in gum acacia production. It focuses on strengthening the gum acacia sector with more producers involved, a particular benefit for women, and a greater surface of responsible forest management.

Key objectives include:

  • Involvement of 200 villages and 50,000 producers
  • Work on 300,000 ha of sustainably managed forest
  • Increase in quality and productivity of gum acacia from 2,600 tons to 5,000 tons
  • Empowering women involved in the sector
  • Implementation of regenerative natural agriculture methods
  • Development of the gum acacia value chain
  • Expanding access to financial services for producers

In addition, this phase of the Acacia Program could sequester over 60,000 tCO2e of emissions annually.

Learn more about the Key Objectives, download our new report:

In 2023, Nexira has undertaken an innovative artistic initiative to highlight the Acacia Program. Photographer Nicolas Henry made an incredible series of photos entitled “TREES OF LIFE“. These fascinating photographs were presented for the first time at the PHOTOCLIMAT biennial in Paris on September 2023. Its aim was to give a wider visibility to this fabulous program and to launch officially the third phase of the Acacia Program.

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