East Timor

Photo: Tom Greenwood

Timor-Leste (East Timor) is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Almost half the population lives below the poverty line.

Oxfam New Zealand in Timor-Leste

Improving livelihoods

  • Improving livelihoods
    The Movimento Cooperativo Economico-Agricola (MCE-A) in Timor-Leste aims to build the economic independence of the people of Timor-Leste by increasing farmers’ productivity and returns from agriculture.
  • Angelina de Jesus
    Angelina de Jesus is the founder and chairperson of Bolalilin Women’s Cooperative in Timor-Leste.
  • Better returns for rice farmers
    Oxfam and its partner are helping farmers in Timor-Leste get a much better return on their crops.
  • Feeding the family
    Over Christmas, many of you chose to buy or were lucky enough to receive an Oxfam Unwrapped gift. These generous gifts are helping people like Lorensa da Costa in Timor-Leste.
  • Rice revolution
    Alvaro and his wife Pascoela live in the village of Beco in Suai town, Covalima district. Since joining a farming co-operative supported by Oxfam, they are using innovative growing techniques to improve their crop and their family income.
  • Supporting coffee farmers
    Domingas de Silva and her husband Laurindo are coffee farmers in a small community in Maubaralisa, Liquica District. With the support of Oxfam and MCE-A, they are learning new techniques for maintaining their coffee crop.
  • Fighting landgrabs
    MCE-A is mobilising small-scale farmers to stand up for themselves and their rights, helping them to mediate disputes and take action against government land grabs. Find out how.

Voices from Timor-Leste

  • Rice revolution: innovative growing techniques bring a bumper crop
    Alvaro and his wife Pascoela live in the village of Beco in Suai town, Covalima district. Since joining a farming co-operative supported by Oxfam, they are using innovative growing techniques to improve their crop and their family income.
  • Lorensa's story: feeding the family
    Thanks to generous Oxfam Unwrapped supporters, Lorensa da Costa has a thriving community garden and can now feed her family.
  • Meet rice famers Calisto and Francisca
    Calisto and Francisca are subsistence farmers from Haburas-Sare, a small rural village in Liquica District, Timor-Leste. They have seven children and two grandchildren to feed, yet last year they earned less than NZ$900. Now, with Oxfam's support, things are looking up.
  • Meet coffee farmers Domingas and Laurindo
    Domingas de Silva and her husband Laurindo are coffee farmers in a small community in Maubaralisa, Liquica District. With the support of Oxfam and MCE-A, they are learning new techniques for maintaining their coffee crop. A new processing machine means they will increase the income they receive from the crop, allowing them to repair their home and improve the water supply.
  • Meet Angelina de Jesus
    Angelina de Jesus is the founder and chairperson of Bolalilin Women’s Cooperative in Timor-Leste. Set up in July 2010, the cooperative aims to help women earn more money from their small plots of land and supplement their family’s income.

Our partner in Timor-Leste

Country profile

Key challenges facing Timor-Leste include the rebuilding of infrastructure destroyed during the conflicts of 1999 – 2001 and 2006; strengthening the capacity of the new civil administration; and addressing the skills deficit in areas of government and community planning.

Oxfam Unwrapped in Timor-Leste

By buying a gift from Oxfam Unwrapped you can help support our work in Timor-Leste. Take a look at Oxfam Unwrapped's gifts with a difference and help lift people out of poverty, for good.