Timor-Leste’s National Coffee Sector Plan

This article appeared in CQI's 2018 Annual Report. Head here to read the report in its entirety.

Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, is a Southeast Asian country that occupies half the island of Timor. It’s a nation capable of producing high-quality coffee, and since 2017 CQI has been working with dedicated partners to improve Timor-Leste’s coffee quality through the project Support for Preparation of a National Coffee Sector Development Plan for Timor-Leste.

Among the project’s objectives are assessing the current status and potential of Timor-Leste’s coffee industry; piloting select activities addressing main constraints to improving quality; and preparing a comprehensive plan for the development of Timor-Leste’s coffee sector that can be implemented through public-private partnerships.

CQI has been moving forward on these objectives, and has conducted a quality gap study, baseline assessment, and other measures that provide relevant information about Timor-Leste’s coffee sector. The key document, known as the National Coffee Sector Development Plan, was completed in 2018.


This plan addresses the six main components of developing Timor-Leste’s coffee sector: research; productivity; quality; trade; domestic consumption and coffee tourism; and sector governance and organization. Important to informing this report—as well as all of our work in Timor-Leste—has been gathering input from a wide range of stakeholders involved in Timor-Leste’s coffee sector.

As the plan is implemented in 2019 and beyond, we are eager to work more closely in Timor-Leste and to see how this promising nation’s coffee sector flourishes.

CQI’s technical expertise and passion for coffee has been clear from the start. They quickly established strong relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders in Timor-Leste and have worked hard to deliver a high-quality plan.

—David M. Freedman, Country Economist, Timor-Leste Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank

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