Improving Coffee and Agroforestry Livelihoods in Timor-Leste

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A credible fair trade system would provide easily accessible documentation ((via a website) showing what % of retail coffee revenue makes its way back to the farmer. I have yet to see this happen.
As far as quality goes, most coffee drying I have seen is done on old plastic sheeting, usually in the process of breaking down into micro-plastic. Old blue UNHCR tarps used to be popular but I assume they have all rotted away by now. A better & safer alternative would be a natural fibre matting.
Planting of shade trees (typically Albizia) is essential, but requires committment from the local community to keep goats & horses from destroying seedlings.

Richard Staples more than 1 year ago

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