New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
Toraja Coffee “memang ok!” with New Zealand support
From Ambassador David Taylor's blog
Torajan coffee has developed a strong brand in Indonesia with New Zealand assistance.
“We’re just a bunch of farmers, helping other farmers”, Graham Robertson chairman of the Toraja Project observed modestly when briefing me on the project in Toraja Utama recently.
The project was initiated in 2004 to help Torajan farmers improve their farm output and profitability, especially of coffee. It followed connections forged by senior Indonesian official William Sabandar who was undertaking doctoral studies in Christchurch. He saw scope for the New Zealand farming model to help farmers in his home district of Toraja.
Eight years on, with funds donated by New Zealanders, the project has delivered assistance to hundreds of coffee farmers initially through the Human Care Foundation, but now through Jalesa (both Torajan NGOs) and with technical support from the Belgian aid organisation Vredesellanden (Veco). For the complete article please see the Ambassador's blog