PARCIC started to work with coffee farmers in Timor-Leste in 2002, when the country achieved its long-awaited dream of independence after 23 years of Indonesian military occupation.
At that time, the nation’s exportable product was only coffee. Our hope was to maintain the independence, which the people in Timor-Leste won with severe sacrifice.
The farmers, who used to sell unprocessed red cherries just picked from coffee trees, now produce high quality of coffee “Cafe Timor” by our technical assistance and supplied equipment.
While supporting coffee farmers, we noticed the fact that improvement of the livelihood of the villagers would not be achieved without the women’s revenue earned by themselves. Therefore, since 2008 We have been supporting women in the activities of food processing. Their products such as honey, broad bean chips and herbal tea are now in supermarkets in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Herbal tea has been exported to Japan as fair trade products since 2012.
In 2012, PARCIC commenced a project to promote sustainable agriculture, with protecting the environment. The project includes technical guidance of organic farming and livestock breeding, effective use of firewood, and the promotion of agroforestry.
In October 2013, we expanded our assistance to women in food processing into six prefectures in Timor-Leste. We work together with 22 local women’s groups to raise their income levels through food processing business.