Tropical perennials

Perennial crops produce a wide variety of products (coffee, cocoa, tea, fruits, etc.) essential to human life. They play a major role in local economies and contribute to livelihoods of millions of often poor farmers in the tropics.

The dramatic increase in demand for these products requires increased production, yet without a concomitant destruction of the natural environment (especially loss of carbon stocks and biodiversity through deforestation). In this theme we aim to better understand the factors underlying the functioning of these crops, particularly in agroforestry systems, to contribute to their sustainable, biodiversity-positive production.