USDA East Timor Agribusiness Development
The primary objective of the project is to link smallholder farmers in lowland areas of Timor Leste with international markets, contributing to increased trade and rural income. The target crops Robusta coffee, cocoa, cassava, black pepper, cloves and vanilla have been selected because they are in high demand globally and have the potential to perform really well in the targeted areas. Within four years of planting seedlings, farmers adopting these crops are expected to begin a phase where they will increase their incomes by 50%. This will be accomplished through the introduction of improved planting material and training in crop specific production and building sustainable supply chains including storage, transport and processing facilities. Three of the crops, commercial fruit, cassava and moringa, will also contribute to household food security as well as provide income.
Activities include: capacity building for agricultural extension agents/services and producer groups/cooperatives; developing agrodealers and input suppliers; facilitating agricultural financing; training in improved agricultural production techniques and crop certification; development of infrastructure for post harvest handling and storage; training for post harvest handling and storage; facilitating buyer-seller relationships; designing and establishing efficient supply chain management systems; training in improved marketing and branding; and facilitating public-private sector partnerships.
value chain development, economic growth