Fairtrade in Timor-Leste
Fairtrade ANZ supports three coffee producer organisations in Timor-Leste with a range of programs including coffee quality training, gender equality and access to markets. We also work with the farmers on issues like income diversification, sustainable farming and water security.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is one of Australia’s nearest international neighbours just 700km northwest of Darwin and the two countries share many links including Australia being Timor-Leste’s largest partner in development
Timor-Leste achieved independence in 2002 and has made considerable economic and social progress since then but 42% of its 1.3 million people still live below the poverty line. Most of the population live in rural areas and are heavily reliant on subsistence agriculture with little or no access to markets. Timor-Leste is one of the most oil-dependent countries in the world, so the government and its partners are working to diversify particularly by promoting oil and gas processing, tourism and agriculture.