Update from Baoquality research activities in Sudan

Intra household decision making in baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) products: Commercialization strategies in West and North Kordofan. A research project by Amna Alnour (MSc student from the University of Khartoum, Sudan). 

The main goal of this research is to assess the impact of intra household gendered decision making and access to institutional support on baobab commercialization strategies. For this, Amna has collected primary data in a field survey conducted in February 2021 und June 2021 by using a structured questionnaire, group discussions, interviews and direct observations.


Amna in February 2021 when she collected her first data.
Photos by Amna Alnour

The sample size was 230 households, 105 household from North Kordofan state, and 125 household heads from West Kordofan. 

The sampling unit in this study is the person who collects baobab or has someone at home collecting. 

So far the data collected was subjected to descriptive statistics to describe the socioeconomic profile of household heads (e.g. gender, age, educational level, or marital status), cash income from different activities (e.g. baobab resources, agriculture, animal production, wage labour, etc.), resource ownership, livelihood assets, and livelihood strategies. Further, to allow for comparative analysis, data relating to the quantities of Baobab products collected and sold was collected.

Baobab fruit

Baobab tree with flowers

This is in one of the villages in West Kordofan the student, Amna, visited.