Using GIS to enhance sustainable coffee farming at Life Monteverde, Costa Rica

Authors: Mary-Grace Gaskin*, Berry College, Zachary Taylor, Berry College
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Latin America, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: coffee, Costa Rica, agriculture, GIS, sustainability, land use, agroforestry, windbreaks
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offer the potential to assist farmers with sustainability efforts through improved production analysis and resource management. This project uses GIS to create an easily updateable map to aid farmers at Life Monteverde, an association of coffee farms from the town of Monteverde in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica. In the summer of 2018, I mapped coffee plots, windbreaks, and infrastructure with a hand-held GPS unit. I then transferred the data to ArcMap for further processing and analysis. By integrating past production data into the GIS database, I have identified highly productive plots as well as areas suitable for potential agroforestry. This map will aid in decision making at Life Monteverde and the GIS database I created will help the farmers keep track and analyze future production data.

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