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Farm Resilience in Organic and Nonorganic Cocoa Farming Systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Pillco Mariscal, María; Huber, Stephanie; Weidmann, Simon; Bottazzi, Patrick and Rist, Stephan (2015) Farm Resilience in Organic and Nonorganic Cocoa Farming Systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 39 (7), pp. 798-823.

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Online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21683565.2015.1039158


Cocoa production in Alto Beni, Bolivia, is a major source of income and is severely affected by climate change impacts and other stress factors. Resilient farming systems are, thus, important for local families. This study compares indicators for social–ecological resilience in 30 organic and 22 nonorganic cocoa farms of Alto Beni. Organic farms had a higher tree and crop diversity, higher yields and incomes, more social connectedness, and participated in more courses on cocoa cultivation. Resilience was enhanced by local farmers’ organizations, providing organic certification and supporting diversified agroforestry with seedlings and extension, going beyond basic organic certification requirements.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:farm resilience, adaptation to climate change, agroforestry, cocoa, organic agriculture, Bolivia, Department of International Cooperation
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Crop husbandry
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Bolivia
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International Cooperation
Switzerland > Other organizations
ISSN:2168-3565 print / 2168-3573 online
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/en/switzerland/development/working-themes/agroforestry-systems.html
Deposited By: Schneider, Monika
ID Code:29764
Deposited On:12 Feb 2016 11:18
Last Modified:12 Feb 2016 11:18
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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