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Project details

Strengthen food security in Timor-Leste Timor-Leste , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia | STATUS: COMPLETED

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 20,001

Raised from 5,821 people

Project background

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.

Project overview

This project has four outcomes and end of project targets:

  1. Women and men in rural communities have improved income and food security. Our goal is that 50% of target vulnerable households show improved food security and a 25% increase in annual income. 
  2. Vulnerable rural communities have improved resilience to shocks and stresses. This outcome will be measured through people’s self-assessed confidence in their ability to cope with shocks and stressors. 
  3. Vulnerable rural women and men are able to influence local and national decision-making processes that impact on their livelihoods and food security. Our targets are 75% of targeted men and 50% of targeted women report increased confidence in engaging in decision/policy making processes.
  4. Effectively manage partnerships with local NGOs following Oxfam’s partnerships principles. This will be measured by annual partnership measurement undertaken with all project partners, using tools designed with the Partnership Brokers Association. Partners will also report improved capacity in priority capacity areas identified in the Partner Capacity Assessment.

What's covered in project costs

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:  

  • Training events with 428 people on designing, developing and maintaining a permanent garden.
  • Training events with 656 people on agricultural techniques including sloping agricultural land technique, system of rice intensification, and composting.
  • Training events for 200 people on food processing and post-harvest techniques.
  • One cross-visit between permanent gardens and vegetable groups to share good practice.
  • Training events to 240 people to develop seed banks.
  • Training on tree nursery for carbon credits with 60 people.
  • 24 Savings for Change groups established (300 new members).
  • Five irrigation water sources rehabilitated. 
  • Two television talk shows conducted to represent community feedback on developments at the community level.
  • Two TV talk shows on agroecology and land reform conducted.
  • Revisions to capacity assessments and capacity building plans for nine partners.
  • Nine partners and Oxfam utilise new paper and excel tools.
  • Two trainings provided to nine partners on Oxfam Gender policy, value for money, and fraud prevention.
  • Two refresher trainings on finance manual and HR policy conducted.

Partner and community involvement

This project works in partnership with the following organisations in Timor-Leste:

  • Youth in Action Towards Sustainability (Y-ACTS)
  • Binibi Faef Nome (BIFANO)
  • Centro Communidade Covalima (CCC)
  • Kdadalek Sulimutuk Institute (KSI)
  • Permakultura Timor-Lorosa'e (PERMATIL)
  • Mata Dalan Institute (MDI)
  • Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO)
  • Masine Neo Oe-Cusse (MANEO)
  • WithOneSeed
  • CBM Australia
  • Oxfam in Timor-Leste

Part of a larger strategy

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.

How was this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

World Nomads USA
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