Acela rice farmers Timor

Assisting a local rice miller in sourcing, processing and marketing of local products to local markets

ACELDA logoAcelda is an agri-business firm. MDF’s partnership with Acelda is improving the connection between producers of local products 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 is to assist Acelda in adding value by processing and marketing local products so local, high quality processed agriculture products are made available in 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 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 to. 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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Media: Presidente RDTL inagura fabrika Fos Timor

Australia in Timor-Leste: Embaxador Australiano ba Timor iha Inagurasaun Fabrika Fos Timor

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Video: Higino da Costa Freitas, Director, Acelda