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dc.contributorBiradar, Chandrashekharen_US
dc.contributorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.contributorGhosh, Surajiten_US
dc.contributorHassan, Sawsanen_US
dc.contributorMoyo, Hloniphanien_US
dc.contributorSarker, Ashutoshen_US
dc.creatorAcharya, Prasenjiten_US
dc.identifier.citationPrasenjit Acharya, Chandrashekhar Biradar, Mounir Louhaichi, Surajit Ghosh, Sawsan Hassan, Hloniphani Moyo, Ashutosh Sarker. (23/10/2019). Finding a Suitable Niche for Cultivating Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus‐indica) as an Integrated Crop in Resilient Dryland Agroecosystems of India. Sustainability, 11 (21).en_US
dc.description.abstractClimate change poses a significant threat to agroecosystems, especially in the dry areas, characterized by abrupt precipitation pattern and frequent drought events. Ideal crops, tolerant to these events, such as cactus, can perform well under such changing climatic conditions. This study spatially maps land suitability for cactus (Opuntia ficus‐indica) cultivation in India using the analytical hierarchical process (AHP). Nine essential growth factors that include the climate and edaphic components were considered for the period 2000 to 2007. About 32% of the total geographic area of the country is in the high to moderate suitable category. Remaining 46% falls under the marginally suitable and 22% under the low to very low suitable category. The suitability analysis, based on the precipitation anomaly (2008–2017), suggests a high probability of cactus growth in the western and east‐central part of India. The relationship with aridity index shows a decreasing rate of suitability with the increase of aridity in the western and east‐central provinces (β~−1 to −2). We conclude that integrating cactus into dryland farming systems and rangelands under changing climate can be one plausible solution to build resilient agro‐ecosystems that provide food and fodder while enhancing the availability of ecosystem services.en_US
dc.subjectcactus suitabilityen_US
dc.subjectanalytical hierarchical processen_US
dc.subjectprecipitation anomalyen_US
dc.subjectmulti‐criteria analysisen_US
dc.subjectmann‐kendall testen_US
dc.titleFinding a Suitable Niche for Cultivating Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus‐indica) as an Integrated Crop in Resilient Dryland Agroecosystems of Indiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idBiradar, Chandrashekhar: 0000-0002-9532-9452en_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.idGhosh, Surajit: 0000-0002-3928-2135en_US
cg.creator.idHassan, Sawsan: 0000-0002-5057-8957en_US
cg.creator.idMoyo, Hloniphani: 0000-0002-5938-2117en_US
cg.creator.idSarker, Ashutosh: 0000-0002-9074-4876en_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerVidyasagar University, department of Geography & Environment Managementen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectGeoinformatics and Data Management for integrated agroecosystem research, development and outreachen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouthern Asiaen_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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