Small, but Perfectly Formed: Coffee Drives Development in Timor-Leste
The road south out of Dili climbs steadily, winding back and forth with spectacular switchbacks on a paved but narrow road, one of the few that crosses Timor-Leste, ultimately reaching the country’s south coast. I am told Timor-Leste is about the size of Connecticut – a state I have traversed many times in just a couple of hours. Here, a couple of hours might get you into the middle of the country, but certainly not all the way across. Of course, Connecticut doesn’t have Timor-Leste’s mountains; at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, Mt. Ramelau towers over the country’s central highlands.
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