Trade-offs between crop intensification and ecosystem services: the role of agroforestry in cocoa cultivation

@article{Vaast2014TradeoffsBC,
  title={Trade-offs between crop intensification and ecosystem services: the role of agroforestry in cocoa cultivation},
  author={Philippe Vaast and Eduardo J Somarriba},
  journal={Agroforestry Systems},
  year={2014},
  volume={88},
  pages={947-956}
}
Research published in this special issue on cocoa agroforestry illustrates the multifunctional role of shade trees for sustaining cocoa production and improving farmers’ livelihoods, and addresses tradeoffs between higher cocoa yield and the provision of ecosystem services to local households and global society. Indeed, the use of diverse shade in cocoa cultivation is threatened by a new drive towards crop intensification. The removal of shade trees diminishes smallholders’ ability to adapt to… CONTINUE READING