Cactus network

Published: 03 March 2021
Last edited: 03 March 2021

Facilitates business development by sharing experiences from all over the world in all aspects of cactus use including livestock feeding, human consumption and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.


Alliance and partnership development
Co-management building
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Legal and policy frameworks, policy advocacy
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Strong partnerships and collaboration around the network.
  • Knowledge sharing within and across the network
  • Facilitate the collection and utilization of germplasm.
  • Work with national partners to improve technical capability.
  • Exchanges through Dgroup as an active platform where people from different countries worldwide who are interested in cactus pear can post any question/ share any information related to cactus pear requirement.
  • Implementations of synergies for further research findings.
  • Merging individual efforts and collective efforts.

Lessons learned

The creation of clear technical documents can foster knowledge sharing, collaboration and knowledge transfer to rural people. Not only on a collective level but also individual and national level to promote the importance of cactus pear. The regional coordinators should promote the establishment of joint projects between countries that share common problems related to cactus pear. Strong agreements and legal frameworks should be established between the implementing network institutions and other stakeholders interested in promoting, developing and implementing cactus. Through this cooperation it is important to develop appropriate cultural techniques that will result in both yield increase and environmental protection according to specific problems in a given area.

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