Local knowledge regarding trade-offs among coffee productivity and other ecosystem services in a range of different agroforestry systems in Central America
Cerdán Cabrera, Carlos Roberto
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This thesis gathers and analyses the local knowledge regarding ecosystem services in coffee producing regions of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and compares this knowledge across a range of farming conditions. The extent to which coffee agroforestry systeMON provide ecosystem services depends on local context and management practices. A variety of tree species was maintained in coffee plantations at all sites but a few tree species were dominant. The degree of shade tolerated was the main difference across countries and this was strongly related to socio-economic factors such as the prevailing demand for fuel wood. Applicable knowledge across sites as well as the key factors that determine how knowledge was locally applied was identified.