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Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems of Mesoamerica

The Challenge : Expert panel identifies industrial agriculture as key contributor to urgent food systems problems.
Food systems contribute around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.


  1. Analyze how different diversification strategies affect food security, climate change resilience, livelihood performance and gender equity at the household, community and regional scales, and how this relates to the sustainability of coffee-based agrifood systems.
  2. Generate scientific evidence and build capacity for strategic decisions about diversification


Research Questions :

  1. What diversification strategies are smallholder coffee farmers currently applying in Nicaragua and Mexico, and why ?
  2. To what extent have the following diversification strategies (i.e., diversified milpa, vegetable-focused homegardens, agroforestry homegardens and apiculture, (‘selected diversification strategies’) contribute to household and community food security and dietary diversity ?
  3. To what extent have the selected diversification strategies contributed to household and community resilience to climatic change ?
  • N° du projet
  • Appel à projet :
  • Date de démarrage :
    1er janvier 2017
  • Date de clôture :
    31 décembre 2019
  • Responsable
    Prof. Martha Caswell
  • Unités de recherche du réseau
Nos partenaires
Partenaires scientifiques :

Santa Clara University ; Community Agroecology Network ; University of Vermont