Beyond carbon sequestration – local knowledge about tree functions. Case study from male and female Arabica coffee farmers in Vietnam

Estimates of carbon sequestration for timber trees is well documented, while fruit trees are understudied. The few existing estimates indicate that fruit trees and fertiliser management on them, can substantially sequester carbon in coffee monocultures, albeit unlikely to the same extent as timber trees. A carbon investor may thus favour timber. In this light, as programs for planting billions and trillion trees are launched “to save the climate”, a wide range of gender, social, justice and environmental concerns are voiced.

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    Simelton E, Mulia R, Rigal C, Duong M T, Nguyen M P, North H, Le H X


    Agroforestry, Mitigation, Local knowledge, Coffee, Multipurpose trees, Co-benefits, Gender



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