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Improving Food Security and Reducing Rural Poverty in Timor-Leste - GCP/TIM/008/EC









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    Heavy rains across Timor-Leste from 29 March to 4 April 2021 associated with a tropical storm resulted in flash floods and landslides throughout the country, with the capital city Dili and surrounding low-lying areas the worst affected. Rice and maize production was severely affected by the floods, landslides and strong winds, which completely destroyed some rice fields. FAO’s rapid interventions aim to support 5 500 flood-affected, marginal farming households to restore their incomes and food production capacity.
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    Special Report – 2021 FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste 2021
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    An FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) visited all main food producing areas in Timor-Leste from 27 April to 9 May 2021 to estimate the 2021 crop production and the import requirements during the 2021/22 marketing year (April/March). The Mission’s aim was to provide an accurate picture of severity and extent of the shocks that affected the agriculture sector in 2021 and identify the country’s main agricultural support needs until the next harvest. In particular, as officially requested by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), the CFSAM assessed the impact of the tropical storm and floods as well as FAW and ASF outbreaks on the agriculture sector.
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    Promoting Conservation Agriculture in Timor-Leste 2018
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    Further promotion of CA is a key strategy for future development of the agriculture sector in our country. Conservation Agriculture aims to increase crop yields while reducing production costs (e.g. labour and inputs), improving and maintaining soil fertility (e.g. plant nutrients, organic matter, micro-organisms and structure) and waterholding capacities and preventing soil erosion and land degradation. Conservation Agriculture comprises a package of crop production technologies and practices that can achieve sustainable agriculture and improve livelihoods (i.e. food security, nutrition and income generation) for Timor-Leste’s vulnerable farming population. Conservation agriculture can be applied to any crop whether it be cereal, pulse, fruit or vegetable. For this purpose, we have produced this Manual as a practical guide to agricultural practitioners, researchers and most importantly, agriculture extension officers to assist farmers in the proper implementation of CA. With this Manual, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries hopes that CA information will reach a wider audience and that CA will be practiced and adopted nationwide.

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