Map of your 15 hectare plot of land
You earned $350. That's less than last year, due to a drop in coffee prices, and not quite enough for your family to live on. You're forced to borrow from your brother, promising to pay him back after next year's harvest.
But you've only got two hectares of primary forest left. Your family has to walk to a neighbor's land to find medicinal plants. The water in the creek running past your house is always muddy now. There's little shade left to escape the hot noonday sun.
You realize that you have nearly run out of primary forest. Soon you'll have to plant 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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