Coffee Agroecology

Based on principles of the conversation of biodiversity and the equity and sustainability, this book focuses on the ecology of the coffee agroecosystem as a model for a sustainable agricultural ecosystem. It draws on the author’s own research conducted over the last twenty years as well as incorporating the vast literature that has been generated on coffee agroecosystem from around the world.

The book uses an integrated approach that weaves together various lines of research to understand the ecology of very diverse tropical agroforestry system. Key concepts explored include biodiversity patterns, metapopulation dynamics and ecological networks. These are all set in a socioeconomic and political framework that relates them to the realities of farmers’ livelihoods.

The authors provide a novel synthesis that will generate new understanding and can be applied to other examples of sustainable agricultture and food production. This synthesis alo explains the ecosystem services provided by the approach, including the economic, fair trade and political aspects surrounding this all-important global commodity.


Ivette Perfecto is George W.Pack Professor of ecology, Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, USA.

John Vandermeer is Asa Grey Distinguished University Profesor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Alfred T. Thurnau Profesor at the University of Michigan, USA.


Table of Content

  1. Wake up and smell the coffee (or a tale of two farms)
  2. A biodiverse cup of coffee : coffee agroforests as repositories of tropical biodiversity
  3. The coffee agroecosystem as a high-quality matrix
  4. Space matters : large-scale spatial ecology within the coffee agroecosystem
  5. Who’s eating whom and how : trophic and trait-mediated cascades in the coffee agroecosystem
  6. Interaction across spatial scales
  7. Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  8. Coffee, the agroecological landscape and farmers’ livelihoods
  9. Syndromes of coffee production : embracing sustainability

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