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Record number 508010
Title Climate, soil and land-use based land suitability evaluation for oil palm production in Ghana
Author(s) Rhebergen, Tiemen; Fairhurst, Thomas; Zingore, Shamie; Fisher, Myles; Oberthür, Thomas; Whitbread, Anthony
Source European Journal of Agronomy 81 (2016). - ISSN 1161-0301 - p. 1 - 14.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2016.08.004
Department(s) Plant Production Systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Ghana - Land suitability - Oil palm productivity - Water deficit
Abstract

In the past decade, oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) has become the world's most important oil crop. The large demand for palm oil has resulted in a rapid expansion of oil palm cultivation across the globe. Because of the dwindling availability of land in Southeast Asia, most expansion of the industry is expected in Central and South America and sub-Saharan Africa, where land with suitable agro-ecological conditions is available. Using Ghana as a case study, a method for evaluating areas that are both suitable and available for oil palm production is presented. Our assessment used spatial data and GIS techniques, and showed that areas with suitable climatic conditions (annual average water deficit 

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