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2009-01-05 | EfD Discussion Paper

Agroforestry Price Supports as a Conservation Tool: Mexican Shade Coffee

Beatriz Ávalos-Sartorio and Allen Blackman, 2008, "Agroforestry Price Supports as a Conservation Tool: Mexican Shade Coffee", EfD Discussion Paper 08-36, a joint publication of the Environment for Development Initiative and Resources for th
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Economic policies that boost profits from agroforesty, thereby creating financial incentives for land managers to favor these systems over less environmentally friendly land uses, could, in theory, have ancillary environmental benefits. This paper analyzes primary and secondary data to determine whether a voluntary price support program for Mexican coffee-mostly grown in shaded systems that supply important ecosystem services- has had such "win-win" benefits by stemming land-use change in the coffee sector.