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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)

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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Fighting landgrabs in East Timor

April 5, 2012

Land disputes are a serious concern in East Timor, Asia’s poorest country.

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.

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.

Harvest of hope in East Timor

June 10, 2014

In East Timor Oxfam supporters are helping farmers increase their yields of rice, coffee and other crops through better planting techniques, training and local processing.

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.

Latest stories

November 13, 2014

Boosting rice production through improved agricultural techniques

March 3, 2014

Savings and credit groups improve resilience

June 13, 2012

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 East Timor.

System of Rice Intensification: Trial and potential in Timor-Leste

In 2013 Movimento Cooperativo Economica–Agricola (MCE-A) with support from Oxfam, implemented a trial of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Timor-Leste. SRI is a set of alternative agricultural practices to increase rice yields by changing the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients. The purpose of the trial was to study the implementation of SRI in Timor-Leste on a small scale in order to explore whether SRI provides higher yields and increased profits for farmers and to determine the potential benefits of scaling up the practice.

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.