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How exactly can producing organic coffee slow down deforestation?

This graphic says it all. The yellow line shows the boundary of Elpidio and Dagmar's farm, which has a large fragment of forest still remaining.

The area where we are developing organic coffee agroforestry with IDESAM is shown in the small green square. Just look how much native forest is still standing in the rest of the farm, compared to the deforested surroundings. Without the coffee improving their income, the family may have been forced to sell off their land – and those trees would have suffered the same fate.

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