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Coffee and Conservation

Forest panorama

 You chose the moderate income strategy

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

Map of your 15 hectare plot of land

You earned $330! That's not enough for your family to live on. You'll have to expand your crops to earn more money next year.

But you've only got four hectares of primary forest left--you can't keep expanding your fields forever. Soon you'll have to plant all your crops in secondary forest--or find another line of work besides farming.

Some people in your Quichua community are talking about ecotourism. Instead of farming more land, the community can earn money by bringing in tourists and teaching them about the Quichua way of life. Do you think the community should consider ecotourism? Or would you like to start over with your cash crops?

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