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Suitability Analysis for Moringa Oleifera Tree Production in Ethiopia - A Spatial Modelling Approach

Version 1 : Received: 25 August 2020 / Approved: 26 August 2020 / Online: 26 August 2020 (10:35:37 CEST)

How to cite: Sishah, S. Suitability Analysis for Moringa Oleifera Tree Production in Ethiopia - A Spatial Modelling Approach. Preprints 2020, 2020080579 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0579.v1). Sishah, S. Suitability Analysis for Moringa Oleifera Tree Production in Ethiopia - A Spatial Modelling Approach. Preprints 2020, 2020080579 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0579.v1).

Abstract

Land suitability analysis is a basic premise for allocating specific land for specific purpose. The objective of this study was to predict the suitable sites for cultivating Moringa oleifera tree in Ethiopia using Spatial Analytic Hierarchy Process. Findings of this study will have paramount significance in supporting decision making in the agroforestry development sector. This study employs Spatial Analytic Hierarchy Process and Geographic Information System to generate valuable information in land allocation for moringa oleifera tree production. Climate, topography, soil type and land use parameters were evaluated for suitability analysis. The results of the study revealed that most of the central part of the country are categorized as moderately suitable for the production of moringa oleifera tree. Areas classified as highly suitable are distributed along the borders of southern and western part of the country. However, some of the central part was classified as not suitable for Moringa oleifera tree production. This paper tried to investigate analysis of spatial data to predict suitable site for moringa tree production at national level. At national level, highly suitable, moderately suitable, and not suitable class covers an area of 308,508.2, 1,628,930.8 and 59891.3 Square Kilometer respectively.

Subject Areas

SAHP (Spatial Analytical Hierarchy Process); Moringa Oleifera; multicriteria evaluation; GIS (Geographic Information System)

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