Climate Change Mitigation in Agroforest Landscapes through Sustainable Sourcing Policies (CAFSUS)

CAFSUS examines the implications of the EUDR for: landscape cover, household livelihoods, value chain structures, and systems of global environmental governance applying the advanced social and data science methods to high-resolution satellite and primary data from the coffee value chain.


The sustainable development goal 15.2 calls for global action to end deforestation and restore degraded forests, which is key to reducing the adverse impacts of climate events.

A recently issued EU deforestation regulation (EUDR) restricts import of commodities and products associated with deforestation, including coffee.

As the world’s second largest coffee exporter selling about 45% of its total coffee production to the EU, Vietnam is likely to be significantly affected by the EUDR.


We ask:

How effective is the recently issued EU deforestation regulation (EUDR) in reducing deforestation, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation?

How does the EUDR affect wellbeing and livelihood resilience of different categories of smallholder coffee-growing households?

How are the EUDR requirements reshaping strategies and practices in the commercial coffee value chain (in both the EU and Vietnam)?

How is the EUDR interacting with other pre-existing mechanisms of environmental governance in the Vietnamese coffee sector to shape environmental outcomes?




The project is implemented between University of Copenhagen, University of Sydney, National Economics University in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, and Development and Policies Research Center.

This interdisciplinary partnership is crucial for obtaining unique geo-spatial, qualitative, and quantitative data; strong capacity building, including education of PhD and MSc students; generation of policy-relevant research, and dissemination and uptake of the project findings in climate mitigation and environmental governance strategies.



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Neda Trifkovic Assistant Professor - Tenure Track Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Food Policy, Food Standards, Global Value Chains, Contract Farming, Labor Billede af Neda Trifkovic

Funded by:

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Vocational Education in Vietnam has received a five year funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, through Danida Fellowship Center.

Period:  1 April 2024 - 31 March 2029


PI, Neda Trifkovic

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External members:

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

Niels Fold - Professor
Rasmus Fensholt - Professor

University of Sydney, School of Geosciences

Jeffrey Neilson - Associate Professor

The National Economics University, Faculty of Statistics, Hanoi

Bich Tran Thi - Dean

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc - Lecturer
Nguyen Thi Phuong Chau - Lecturer

Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN), Hanoi

Nguyen Ngoc Anh - Chief Economist
Nguyen Phuong Mai - Deputy Director
Ngoc-Minh Nguyen - Economist

Hanoi University of Science and Technology, School of Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Ngoc Le - Lecturer