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Shade Coffee and Conservation Thanks to Lars Pomara
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Coffee… One of the world’s most important internationally traded commodities (usually considered second only to petroleum, in dollar terms). Employs roughly 5 million people in Brazil, 20 million globally. In northern Latin America, coffee constitutes nearly 20% of trade exports and just over half of all permanent cropland (2,722,000 hectares in 2000). International coffee markets are volatile, but total coffee production continues to increase each year (especially in Brazil). Coffee can be cultivated in a variety of ways that result in coffee fields with more or less conservation value; at the two extremes are ‘traditionally’ managed, ‘rustic’ shade coffee fields and industrially managed ‘sun’ coffee fields.
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near-term, typically during times when coffee prices are low. Smallholder farmers are also likely to loose their land during these times.
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2011 for the course GRG 305 taught by Professor Adams during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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