Acelda is an agri-business firm in Timor-Leste. MDF’s partnership with Acelda is improving the connection between producers of local products, like rice and candlenut, and the diverse markets seen in Timor-Leste.
Currently Acelda’s primary business is sourcing and processing candlenut. Through this partnership Acelda is expanding into other local products such as rice. The objective of the partnership is to assist Acelda in adding value by processing and marketing local products so that local, high quality processed agriculture products are made available in the district and Dili markets which can compete with imported products on quality.
Acelda launched Timor-Leste’s first ever local rice brand, ‘Fos Timor’ in September 2014, marking an important milestone for the country in competing with imported rice on quality through the creation of a new rice market.
For local producers, the increased capacity of Acelda to consistently source large amounts of rice provides these producers with a stable and recurring market for them to sell their produce. Through the consistent sale of surplus products a more stable market for producers is created which contributes to earning additional income for farmers.
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