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dc.contributorBerger, Horsten_US
dc.contributorRodríguez-Félix, Armidaen_US
dc.contributorGalletti, Ljubicaen_US
dc.contributorGarcía, Joelen_US
dc.contributorSepúlveda, Elenaen_US
dc.contributorVarnero, Maríaen_US
dc.contributorde Cortázar, Víctor Garcíaen_US
dc.contributorGarcía, Robertoen_US
dc.contributorArias, Enriqueen_US
dc.contributorMondragón, Candelarioen_US
dc.contributorHiguera, Inocencioen_US
dc.contributorRosell, Cadmoen_US
dc.creatorSaenz, Carmenen_US
dc.identifier.citationCarmen Saenz, Horst Berger, Armida Rodríguez-Félix, Ljubica Galletti, Joel García, Elena Sepúlveda, María Varnero, Víctor García de Cortázar, Roberto García, Enrique Arias, Candelario Mondragón, Inocencio Higuera, Cadmo Rosell. (10/4/2013). Agro-industrial utilization of cactus pear. Italy: FAO.en_US
dc.description.abstractCactus pear (Opuntia spp.) makes a valuable contribution to the food security and nutrition of people throughout the world wherever water is scarce. The plant is highly versatile and, in addition to feeding people, it is widely used for livestock feed, burned as fuel and used to protect the environment in which it is grown. Opuntia spp. provides the basis for viable rural communities. There are more than 300 species of the Opuntia genus, which originated in Mesoamerica and subsequently spread throughout the world, adapting to different agro-ecological zones and to the demands of people, to preferences for traditional foods and culinary tastes, and to the constraints imposed by different agricultural practices. The versatility of Opuntia spp. makes it particularly useful to small-scale producers and provides the basis for exploiting the species in applications ranging from home-grown produce prepared in the home, to small-scale and large-scale production/processing value chains. Agro-industrial manufacturing enables cactus products to be packaged and shipped over long distances, stored safely and sold in supermarkets wherever there is a demand for these foods. For smallholders, production of the resilient cactus species provides opportunities for wealth creation and improved living conditions for rural communities. This publication confirms the importance of cactus production and explores the opportunities for boosting productivity throughout the value chain from farm to consumer. The ten chapters cover the biological, technical, socio-economic and industrial potential of this relatively well-known, but sometimes little appreciated crop. This easy-to-follow guide is based on research and development work by institutions, mainly in Latin America, and the practicalities of artisanal and commercial agro-industries linking producers with consumers. It describes harvesting through to post-harvest handling, storage and delivery to the processing plant, as well as the equipment and technologies required for different scales of production. It also highlights the extraordinary resilience and value of Opuntia spp. and the contribution it can make to agro-economies and agro-environments wherever it can be grown.en_US
dc.subjectpear cactusen_US
dc.titleAgro-industrial utilization of cactus pearen_US
cg.subject.agrovocvalue chainsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocfood productsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocindustrial productionen_US
cg.contributor.centerFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAOen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Chileen_US
cg.contributor.centerChapingo Autonomous Universityen_US
cg.contributor.centerResearch Centre for Food and Developmenten_US
cg.contributor.centerNational Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Animal Researchen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - CCAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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