Small-scale farming in drylands: New models for resilient practices of millet and sorghum cultivation

PLOS ONE Vol/Iss. 18(2) PLOS ONE Published In Pages: 1-17
By Ruiz-Giralt, Abel, Biagetti, Stefano, Madella, Marco, Lancelotti, Carla


Finger millet, pearl millet, and sorghum are important drought-tolerant crops used as primary staple crops in drylands. Despite their long history, they have received less attention in recent years and their production has decreased. New models show that annual precipitation is not the only factor affecting their agriculture, but other variables like growing cycle duration, soil water-holding capacity, and soil nutrient availability also play a crucial role, as evidenced by ethnographic data. The traditional cultivation practices of these crops can be a sustainable response to the increasing aridity levels worldwide and can contribute to the resilience of dryland agriculture.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
eHRAF World CulturesResearchers' ownCoded agricultural practices for target crops
WorldClimOther researchersEnvironmental variables
Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation DataOther researchersEnvironmental variables
Murdock, 1981Researchers' ownCoded agricultural practices for target crops
Lancelotti et al., 2019Researchers' ownCoded agricultural practices for target crops
Global Solar AtlasOther researchersEnvironmental variables
Global Aridity and PET databaseOther researchersEnvironmental variables
Global Soil Organic Carbon MapOther researchersEnvironmental variables
Global Soil Dataset for Earth System ModelsOther researchersEnvironmental variables

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