Why is it important that we work with Timor-Leste?

Why is it important that we work with Timor-Leste?

Timor-Leste and Australia: A Brief History
Situated just 1 hour North-West of Darwin, Timor-Leste is Australia's closest coffee growing neighbour, with a shared history and strong people-to-people relations.
Australia has been at the forefront of international support for Timor-Leste since its independence in 2002 and remains as Timors largest partner in development.
Prior to this, Timor-Leste (formerly known as East Timor) was occupied by Indonesia after their invasion on the country in 1975. Indonesia's occupation of the small country presented major economic, trade and social challenges for the country, sparking major civil unrest.
Australia led the military force that helped stabilize the country after it gained independence from Indonesia in 2002 and has been a major source of aid, defence and trade since.
Today, Australia hold an obligation to Timor-Leste to ensure that history does not repeat itself for the small nation.
Timor-Leste and Coffee
In a few short years, Timor-Leste has put itself on the map for producing high quality coffees using traditional and modern methods of processing. Additionally, Timor-Leste has a major commitment to reducing their carbon footprint through rich agricultural projects and sustainable farming methods.

Numero Uno and Timor-Leste
Over the past few years, Gina has been supporting initiatives to help promote Timor-Leste as speciality coffee producers. We've been working alongside green bean farmers, suppliers and more recently, the Business Partnership Platform (partners of the Australian Government) to make their beautiful coffees available in Australia.
What is the Business Partnership Platform?
The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) is a non-for-profit Government initiative which helps accelerate Australia’s collaboration with businesses experiencing development challenges in their region.
The BPP work with their partners to strengthen the approach to women’s economic empowerment and lift barriers for women to succeed as leaders, employees and as suppliers in the value chain.

Numero Uno and the BPP?
Numero Uno have recently partnered with the BPP to collaborate with the green bean coffee farmers of Timor-Leste. As current Australian Coffee Women of the Year, Gina was once again approached by Timor-Leste to be the Judge of the Kafe Timor Quality Coffee Competition 2021, where she cupped and sampled the top 20 coffees from Timor. This competition has not only put a spotlight on Timor coffee but also strengthened our relations with the amazing people of Timor-Leste.