Policy ForumConservation

Caffeine and Conservation

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Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 587
DOI: 10.1126/science.1082328

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Overproduction of coffee and low coffee prices have resulted in a global crisis affecting the people and biodiversity of many tropical countries. In Indonesia, expanding production of low-quality robusta coffee contributes to low prices and lowland deforestation, but is not improving the livelihood of local farmers. In this Policy Forum, the authors argue for new certification guidelines, better protected area enforcement, improved agricultural practices, and a reduction in area planted in coffee as critical for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.