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Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in the South-East Asian region with 37% of the population living below the international poverty line of USD $1.25/day (World Population Review 2018). Roughly 80% of Timor-Leste’s population rely upon agriculture for their livelihood. Agricultural productivity is very low and food insecurity continues to be a chronic and widespread issue. The critical months of food shortage are between November and February. This period of time is known as the hungry season.
Surveys show that 62% of farmers experience one month or more of food shortage. Drought and extreme rainfall severely impact local infrastructure. A lack of skills in farming techniques contributes to insufficient food production. There is a lack of infrastructure, financial literacy and access to credit to support farming communities. It is crucial to address under performance in the agriculture sector to provide greater economic opportunity and food security to the majority of Timorese people.
This project has four outcomes and end of project targets:
The funds raised from The Footprints Network will contribute to the overall project. These are just some of the activities which will be made possible with your support:
This project works in partnership with the following organisations in Timor-Leste:
Oxfam has been supporting development and humanitarian work in Timor-Leste for over 40 years and currently implements a multi-sectoral program working in partnership with civil society organisations, working directly with communities and through constructive engagement with government. Our vision is for the people of Timor-Leste to enjoy prosperity and equality.