Shade Coffee in Biological Corridors: Potential Results at the Landscape Level in El Salvador

This report is one part of an analysis of shade coffee as a component of biological corridors in western El Salvador, part of a USAID-financed project to improve watershed management and conservation. This report addresses a concern that the costs of gaining coffee-farm certification would far surpass the monetary benefits of certification, preventing widespread adoption of the conservation practices required for certification. The results are also of more general interest because they show the specific investments made by certifying farmers and the total volume of investments in conservation was considerable. The other parts of the larger study are 1) the geographic coverage of shade coffee and certification in western El Salvador and 2) results of a survey of coffee farmers covering agricultural practices and perceptions of biodiversity.

by Steven Romanoff (2008)
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