Socioeconomic Benefits

  • Crop management as an ecosystem can improve soil quality, prevent the incidence of pests and diseases and conserve water, increase productivity over time. At the same time, costs are reduced: watering, fertilizing and spraying inputs.
  • Diversification benefits the farmer obtaining various products for consumption and sale, thus reducing their costs and increasing revenue when the cocoa harvest ends. Additionally, planting timber allows the producer to have a long-term investment that would serve as a savings fund for the family.
  • The farm management through biodiversity-friendly practices can generate other economic activities for communities including: nurseries associative, selling seeds and agro and / or bird watching tourism, among others. Similarly, the incorporation of these practices facilitates the way toward obtaining green certifications or can be an added value to increase selling prices in niche markets. Finally, in the future environmental services can be recognized (eg carbon credits) that  these cropping systems provide.
  • Socially, the use of native species also favors the recovery of traditional knowledge that is part of the local culture. Moreover, the crops under such practices constitute a healthy and suitable environment for the family and the community.