Costa Rica's Sustainable Coffee
Coffee is one of the most important agricultural commodities, supporting the livelihoods of an estimated 100 million people in developing countries. Field research has revealed that shade-grown coffee, grown under more natural, forest-like conditions, can be beneficial to the ecology of local animals. Alexandre Borges (São Luís, Brazil) and Vivienne Talbot (Geneva, Switzerland) will help conduct a series of field experiments to determine the importance of shade-tree diversity on the abundance of pollinating insects and fruit-eating birds. July 28-August 11


Alexandre Borges' Diary
Vivienne Talbot's Diary


Related Sites


Coffee & Conservation
Provides information on coffee growing in Costa Rica.
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Rainforest Alliance
Read a case study on a sustainable Costa Rica coffee-growing initiative.
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Earthwatch Institute


Learn more about this international nonprofit, which supports scientific field research worldwide.
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Costa Rica's Sustainable Coffee


Learn more about the expedition and its scientists.
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