East Timor – Consolidating Cooperative Agribusiness Recovery (COCAR)

  • Posted by Phillip Hamilton 17 Apr

East Timor – Consolidating Cooperative Agribusiness Recovery (COCAR)




Since 1994, NCBA CLUSA has been working in Timor-Leste in four specific value chain sectors: coffee, spices, beef cattle, and timber products. Through funding from USAID, NCBA CLUSA began implementing a series of three projects focused on contributing to improve coffee procurement and processing. Through these projects, NCBA CLUSA fostered Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT), which has become the country’s largest and most successful farmer cooperative entity with over 25,000 members and the largest single-source supplier of certified organic coffee in the world. In 2010, NCBA CLUSA received the 4-year, $10.2M Consolidating Cooperative Agribusiness Recovery (COCAR) project to continue its support to CCT by focusing on the expansion and diversification of East Timor’s agricultural sector. COCAR also addressed the need to improve food security, conserve natural resources, and provide basic health services to rural families across a broad geographic area.


  • Major achievements of COCAR include the rehabilitation of over 12,265 coffee farms, benefitting 3,623 farm families, who have indicated a 100 percent increase in yield as a result.
  • Another major achievement is the production and marketing of a Timor single origin varietal coffee.
  • In 2005, the world’s major coffee specialty company, Starbucks, began buying all of CCT’s coffee, which is marketed as Starbucks Arabian Mocha Timor in its 17,000 stores.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the CCT coffee export unit on September 6, 2012. She said: “I was so impressed by the role that the cooperative has in creating economic opportunity and transforming the lives of people in the rural districts, and we’re going to look for additional ways to support economic development projects that work as well as that one. Projects like these reflect the model of partnership that the United States is pursuing across the Asia Pacific. These are partnerships rooted in our shared values, that deliver concrete benefits to people, and that help countries become stronger and more capable over time so they too can play their role in solving regional and global challenges.”

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