Amazon Case Study: Robusta in the Rainforest

By AQ Online

A sustainable coffee line provides a lifeline to farmers and the forest.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon. In a swath of the Amazon that cattle ranching has turned into Brazil’s "new frontier of deforestation," one company is helping farmers find an alternative in coffee – and regenerating deforested land in the process. Launched by the Institute of Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Amazon (IDESAM), Café Apuí Agroflorestal (Apuí Agroforestry Coffee) took root in 2012 when IDESAM staff met Maria das Dores, a small-scale farmer. Das Dores and her husband had abandoned an...

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