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  • Venture Capitalism for a Tropical Forest: Cocoa in the Mata Atlantica

    Venture Capitalism for a Tropical Forest: Cocoa in the Mata Atlantica

    The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the world's biological 'hotspots,' a region of extraordinary, and threatened, biodiversity. Saving the Atlantic Forest will require a variety of strategies. An approach described in this paper hinges on one of the world's favorite foods: cocoa. Cocoa is a major crop in Brazil, especially in the northeastern state of Bahia, where most cocoa is grown in a longstanding agroforestry system called cabruca. Be