Convivium leader / spoke person: Ximenes Teodosio da P Baptista
To explore, learn, promote and preserve the biodiversity of existing local traditional food which are starting to become extinct as community tend to have less practice in their daily cooking activity or to choose them in their regular meal for consumption as part of the result of the uncontrolled imported food and peoples mindset.
Timor-Leste has grown coffee for many years during the Portuguese time since 1860 and most of coffee are grown by smallholder farmers which own small lot of land around 0.5-2 ha. Coffee has been growing for many years, but farmers continue struggling to sell their coffee with good price and many coffee trees are growing old and dying due to lack of proper maintance. Timor-Leste has been isolated for many years, not much people or coffee buyers know Timor-Leste as coffee origin and are aware that Timor-Leste can produce high quality coffee and has unique coffee variety known as Hybrido de Timor. Based on this, new Slow Food Coffee community is created to support smallholder coffee farmers in the rural area like in Atsabe and Letefoho, Municipality of Ermera, to collaborate and address challenge with the aging coffee trees through coffee education program and connect the farmers with roaster, barista, coffee buyers and consumers and Slow Food Coffee Coalition. Through formation of this community, we hope all member can have the opportunity to share their voice and taken any necessary action to address any challenges.