Food security in Timor

Posted on October 10, 2016

Fatima1Fatima is a young mother from Purugua village in rural Timor-Leste. When her village’s irrigation system broke down, water scarcity made it hard to grow nutritious produce, and trips to buy food from the market were exhausting and expensive.

A hand-up, not a hand-out

With our partner Timor Aid, we helped Fatima’s village repair their irrigation system, and invited 35 farmers, including Fatima, to a training session. Fatima learned agriculture and animal husbandry skills tailored to the local climate.

Fatima began using the new techniques she learned right away. She built a fence around her crops and covered seedlings with palm leaves to protect them from the midday sun. Her village also built new kitchen gardens, chicken coops and fish farms using locally sourced materials.

Sharing wealth

Since the training session, Fatima and her fellow farmers have been able to grow crops to feed their families and sell the surplus at market. They track their profits using basic book-keeping skills learned during the training session. The village uses the profits to purchase items they can’t produce.

Fatima says she’s very happy with her training, and proud to provide her family with nutritious meals every day.

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