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Coffee and Conservation

Forest panorama

 You chose the conservation strategy:

  • 1 hectare of coffee on secondary forest
  • 1 hectare of cacao on secondary forest
  • 1 hectare of maize on secondary forest

Map of your 15 hectare plot of land

You earned $293--not enough to live on. You were forced to borrow money from your brother.

What do you want to plant for next year? Emphasing the conservation of the rainforest is a nice idea, but it doesn't let you make enough money to support your family. You'll have to expand your fields.

To pay your debt to your brother, and to earn enough to support your family next year, you need to earn $450.In addition to money, think about these things when planning your strategy:

  • How much land do you want to clear and plant?
  • What crops do you want to plant?
  • How much primary forest do you want to clear?

 Maximum income strategy
2 hectares of coffee on primary forest
1 hectare of cacao on primary forest
1 hectare of maize on secondary forest
 Moderate income strategy
1 hectare of coffee on secondary forest
1 hectare of in cacao on primary forest
1 hectare of in maize on primary forest


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