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Cristina Suárez     University Lecturer 
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Cristina Suárez published an article in December 2018.
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Teppo Hujala

79 shared publications

Natural Resources Institute Finland, Bio-Based Business and Industry, Helsinki, Finland

Luis Rubalcaba

67 shared publications

Department of Economics and Business Administration, University of Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Spain

Gerhard Weiss

27 shared publications

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Sonia Quiroga

21 shared publications

Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Gun Lidestav

18 shared publications

Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

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Article 4 Reads 0 Citations Understanding the drivers for Natura 2000 payments in forests: A Heckman selection analysis Zuzana Sarvašová, Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez, Tamás Ali,... Published: 01 December 2018
Journal for Nature Conservation, doi: 10.1016/j.jnc.2018.07.003
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Article 8 Reads 1 Citation Levelling the playing field for European Union agriculture: Does the Common Agricultural Policy impact homogeneously on ... Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez, Zaira Fernández-Haddad, Geor... Published: 01 November 2017
Land Use Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.057
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Understanding private forest owners’ conceptualisation of forest management: Evidence from a survey in seven European co... Diana Feliciano, Laura Bouriaud, Elodie Brahic, Philippe Deu... Published: 01 August 2017
Journal of Rural Studies, doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.06.016
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Conference 0 Reads 0 Citations A MICROECONOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVERS FOR COFFEE CROPS TRANSITION TO CACAO IN MESOAMERICAN COUNTRIES Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez, Juan Diego Solís, Pablo Mart... Published: 01 January 2017
7th Economics & Finance Conference, Tel Aviv, doi: 10.20472/efc.2017.007.020
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PREPRINT 5 Reads 0 Citations A microeconometric analysis of climate change drivers for coffee crops transition to cacao in Mesoamerican countries Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez, Juan Diego Solís, Pablo Mart... Published: 01 January 2017
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Climate change will have a permanent impact over Mesoamerican agricultural sector. Present day crops such as coffee may not be enough to secure agricultural subsistence levels, therefore, the first stages of crop diversification are being observed in countries such as Nicaragua. Implementation of new crops such as cocoa may lead to new impacts over the environmental structure of the Mesoamerican ecosystem. These impacts may be of different, nature, but being diversification an already undergoing process attention must be paid to the underlying motivation and decision-making processes involved. This study analyses subjacent motivations and contexts that lead to the potential incorporation of cocoa crops in present-day Nicaraguan coffee farms. In order to achieve that, three main motivations were identified: climatic, economic and governmental. An econometric analyse was performed over the variables that affect farmers? motivations and decisions, in order first to analyse this decision-making process, and second, to understand how social and climatic evolution over the next decades will impact the context under which agricultural output is shaped. It was found that climatic perspectives are most closely affecting the smallholders? decision of incorporating cocoa plantations into their farms. Therefore, climate change will most certainly have a major role in the reshaping of agricultural structure in most of Nicaraguan geography. Moreover, results show a lower impact of market conditions and public subsidies over farmers? choices and decisions. These results favour the intuition that risk-reduction is a preferred strategy among Nicaraguan smallholders.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 4 Reads 0 Citations <strong>Mapping coffee producers&rsquo; transition to cocoa as a response to global change: smallholders&rsquo; water ne... Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suarez, Juan Diego Solís, Pablo Mart... Published: 22 November 2016
The 1st International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences, doi: 10.3390/ecws-1-e004
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Coffee producers in Mesoamerica are already facing some of the expected challenges arising from pressures derived by climate change, principally lowered water supply. Some farmers have implemented strategies of adaptation based on crop diversification, being the introduction of cocoa one of the main alternatives. The focus of this research is to analyse coffee producers’ perceptions on changing from coffee to cocoa as an adaptation strategy. This research tries to find the factors that smallholders take into account when facing the decision of introducing cocoa. Here we simulate the farmers’ response to climate factors and water needs, also considering its relationship with humankind, specially through variables related to economic and social development. Farmers’ perceptions were extracted via a specifically designed questionnaire applied to 219 small coffee producers in the departments of Esteli and Jinotega in Nicaragua. A Multivariate probit econometric model was estimated to analyse diversification through three simultaneous equations—for climatic, economic and social development drivers.  Marginal effects of these drivers were calculated and used to simulate farmers’ response to global change scenarios. Regional distribution of crop diversification probability was mapped considering different global change scenarios. The importance of climatic factors over the decision process is, as data shows, higher than social and economic issues. The environmental implications of this change, such as deforestation, have also been discussed.