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CactusNet is an international technical cooperation network on cactus created in 1993 by FAO and ICARDA.

The FAO-ICARDA CACTUSNET is established on voluntary basis, and aims to :

  • Collect and disseminate information on cactus production
  • Facilitate the collection and utilization of germplasm
  • Promote the ecological and social benefits of cactus pear
  • Develop new food and carminic acid uses
  • Work with national partners to improve technical capability