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Percolating profits: USAID helps brew Timor-Leste coffee into #1 agricultural export


Coffee grown by farmers like Domingos Santos, Silvia Soares, Miguel Babo and Lucia Maia is reaching international markets through support from USAID. [photo: James Reindl/USAID]
In 1994, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded an effort by NCBA CLUSA to organize 450 coffee farmers into a co-op called Cooperatíva Café Timor (CCT), launching the commercial coffee industry in East Timor.

More than 20 years later, coffee is now the small Southeast Asian country’s top agricultural export with a value of about $12 million a year. Today, CCT not only exports coffee, but has also added high-value spices and other crops to its lineup. The co-op also runs a string of health clinics that provide services to its 24,000 farmer-members, their families and communities.

In a new blog post, USAID tells the story of coffee in East Timor, and where the industry‚ÄĒand the farmers behind it‚ÄĒis headed.

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