publication . Article . 2017

Environmental-economic benefits and trade-offs on sustainably certified coffee farms

Jeremy Haggar; Elias de Melo Virginio; Gabriela Soto; Fernando Casanoves;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2017
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract Coffee with diverse shade trees is recognized as conserving greater biodiversity than more intensive production methods. Sustainable certification has been proposed as an incentive to conserve shade grown coffee. With 40% of global coffee production certified as sustainable, evidence is needed to demonstrate whether certification supports the environmental benefits of shade coffee. Environmental and economic data were taken from 278 coffee farms in Nicaragua divided between non-certified and five different sustainable certifications. Farms were propensity-score matched by altitude, area of coffee and farmer education to ensure comparability between non-...
free text keywords: S1, Investment strategy, Certification, Business, Incentive, Shade-grown coffee, Organic farming, Net profit, Environmental resource management, business.industry, Economic data, Sustainability, Agricultural science
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