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East Timor

East Timor (also known as Timor-Leste) is one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It became an independent nation in May 2002 following several years of conflict and turmoil, which brought widespread destruction to communities.

Oxfam is supporting this young nation to become more stable by working closely with the government, partner organisations and communities to improve livelihoods, provide safe water and sanitation, sustainable energy and health and nutrition.

To find out more, visit www.oxfam.org.nz/east-timor

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Photo: Kate Bensen/Oxfam AUS

With your support, we are helping farmers in rural Timor Leste gain financial and farming skills so they can earn a decent income.

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Trouble in paradise?

February 9, 2010

It feels like a rogue forecast of a cyclone headed for New Zealand. The global financial storm was headed our way, but now it seems there’s optimism, or perhaps complacency, in the air. As usual the damage has been more severe for those on low incomes and the vulnerable, particularly children. But what about our region – the Pacific? A new report by Oxfam reveals that the storm hit our Pacific neighbours harder and for longer. But there is little hard data on how the crisis is affecting people who are vulnerable. The stories we are hearing give real cause for concern.

World Food Day report highlights regional crisis

October 16, 2008

Food insecurity in the East Asia and Pacific Region is fast becoming a chronic problem, with a report released today showing that people in parts of East Timor are now facing up to five months a year without enough food to eat, according to international aid agency Oxfam.

New report: Millions in Asia and Pacific facing the brunt of climate change

November 19, 2007

Global warming is set to reverse decades of social and economic progress across Asia and the Pacific, home to more than four billion people or 60 percent of the world’s population, according to a new multi-agency report published today called Up in Smoke: Asia and the Pacific.

Latest blogs

Saving the tava'e

September 1, 2014

Rachael Le Mesurier, Oxfam New Zealand's Executive Director, is at the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, and here provides an overview of the climate, sea level and other issues that are going to be on the agenda.

Improvement in global hunger – but a long way to go

October 12, 2012

We believe it is a scandal that almost 870 million people are hungry in a world that produces enough for everyone to eat.

Give the Good Life to families in East Timor, PNG and Indonesia

November 8, 2011

Gift of the week: Give the Good Life to families in East Timor, PNG and IndonesiaDo you know someone who grows their own veggies? Someone who's happiest when they're elbow deep in compost? This is the gift for them.

Latest stories

January 12, 2008

September 6, 2007

Hot and hungry: How to stop climate change derailing the fight against hunger

How will climate change affect what we eat? Hunger is not and need never be inevitable. However climate change threatens to put back the fight to eradicate it by decades – and our global food system is woefully unprepared to cope with the challenge.

In the Pacific region, climate change could cause production of sweet potato in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to decline more than 50 per cent by 2050, and maize in Vanuatu and Timor Leste to decline by 6 - 14 per cent by 2050.

In the face of this challenge, a new report from Oxfam analyses how well the world’s food system is prepared for the impacts of climate change.

In it, ten key factors that influence a country’s ability to feed its people in a warming world are assessed – including the quality of weather monitoring systems, social safety nets, agricultural research and adaptation finance.

Voices from Timor-Leste

You and Oxfam are helping people pave their way to a better, brighter future through the support of livelihoods programmes in Timor-Leste. Here's what they have to say:

A Better Deal

Photo: Tom Greenwood

Oxfam believes that trade could be part of the solution to poverty - rather than the problem - and has the potential to lift millions of the world’s poorest people out of poverty.

Oxfam is working at a number of different levels to empower growers and producers in the developing world to get a better deal from trade.

Improving livelihoods

Photo: Anna Mosley

Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest nations in the South-East Asia region. Approximately half of the population, mostly rural households which are dependent on subsistence agriculture, live under the national poverty line.