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Conservation | Sustainability | Bio-Diversity | Empowerment

Agar Ltd is an award-winning Kenyan company dealing in natural resources from the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of East Africa. Learn More AGAR is active in development work and studies, we partnered up over the years with NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) Learn More Biodiversity is one of our 4 core values at Agar, and our approach was always ethical. Learn More Gum Arabic is multifunctional and is used in whole range of food & non-food products. Learn More

Our Profile

We are a Kenyan company dealing with natural resources in the ASAL (Arid and Semi-Arid Lands) areas of East Africa. We specialize in the collection, grading and sale of Gum Arabic, Frankincense and Myrrh together with the processing of resins into essential oils.

Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

We continue to support the pastoral communities in the East African Arid and Semi-Arid Lands through sustainable exploitation of natural forest resources.

While at it, we provide them with market access and professional advice in selected NFTP value chains.

Our Initiatives

Agar limited has been involved in several projects and initiatives intended at empowering communities in arid lands to be more resilient, by providing trainings, equipment and above all market access in order to build and diversify income. We have worked with NGOs such as CESVI and COOPI from 2017, we collaborate with FAO from 2019 and have been involved in projects led by World Vision Kenya from 2020.

We are also an executive committee member of the Gum And Resins Association (GARA) and collaborate closely with institutional partners like KEFRI, KFS, NEMA, NDMA and of course County Governments in Kenya and even Districts in Uganda. In 2020 we received a grant of £100,000 from the British government through the Kenya Catalytic Job Fund (KCJF) in order to set up 100 acres of aloe plantations intended to build more income in arid lands communities, regenerate land and increase collection and production of Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils.

Our Partnerships

AGAR Ltd partners up with a range of private and public actors. Currently, we collaborate closely with the County Government of Isiolo, the County Government of Turkana, the County Government of Marsabit and the County Government of Wajir in Kenya. We also work in North East Uganda, where we started our work in partnership with the District of Moroto.

Certifications

At Agar, we take quality seriously: With Essenza by Agar™ the approach remained the same and Certificates of Analysis are available to certify the quality of the oils against minimum parameters.

Furthermore, most of our oils are certified organic or in the process to be, meaning thorough inspections have been carried out to ensure the traceability of the biomasses, the absence of any contamination and that processing is done in ways to ensure the oils are 100% natural.