Coffee and Cocoa Agribusiness Opportunities (CACAO)

Funded by the Government of New Zealand, CACAO is a five year project designed to support improved economic well-being in East Timor by increasing household income from coffee and cocoa production. The project will be implemented by NCBA CLUSA in partnership with Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT), which NCBA CLUSA helped establish in 1994. CCT is East Timor’s leading private-sector employer and one of the largest single-source suppliers of certified organic Arabica coffee in the world. Under CACAO, CCT will identify 19,000 Arabica, Robusta and cocoa farmers in the country’s western districts to participate in the project.


Participating farmers will receive seedlings and tools and training from CCT extension staff in on environmentally sustainable practices such as composting, erosion prevention and biological pest control that are compatible with organic and other ethical and sustainable production certifications. CACAO will work with select groups of local farmers to establish demonstration farms used for practical, on-field training. The project will prioritize the integration of activities that support women’s economic empowerment. With its focus on economic development, CACAO is expected to create close to 5,000 on-farm and seasonal jobs by its end.

Cross-cutting issues

women's economic empowerment


  • Timor-Leste>Aileu
  • Timor-Leste>Ainaro
  • Timor-Leste>Ermera
  • Timor-Leste>Liquica
  • Timor-Leste>Manufahi


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
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