Helping farmers in rural Timor-Leste earn a decent income.
Country profile:Timor-Leste is home to about 1.3 million people and is one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Almost half the population lives below the poverty line. The country became an independent nation in May 2002 following several years of conflict and turmoil. This brought about widespread destruction of the social and economic infrastructure. According to the UNDP Human Development Report, Timor-Leste has the lowest Human Development Index and the highest Human Poverty Index in Asia.
- Capital of Timor-Leste: Dili
- Population: 1,321,929 (2018)
- GDP per capita (USD): $6,000 (2017)
- Human Development Index: 0.625 (2017)
- Language: Official languages are Portuguese and Tetum
- Religion: Major religion Roman Catholic
- Adult Literacy: 58.3% (2017)
- Life expectancy: 69.2 years (2017)
- Government: Republic
- Access to safe water: 71.9% (2015)
- Access to toilets: 40.6% (2015)
- Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 42.4 (2017)
Key projects:IMPACT Programme in Timor-Leste.pdf Oxfam New Zealand currently supports one project in Timor-Leste.
By supporting Oxfam you will:
- Provide Timor-Leste’s farmers with expert advice on what to grow, where to sell and how to maximise yields.
- Help farmers establish “relay cropping ” of mung and red beans to fully utilise their land.
- Ensure the right processing and storage of products so sellers can get the most for their money.
- Increase the life-span and nutritional value of their products.
- Connect farmers with farming and marketing co-operatives to share ideas & knowledge.
- Place women on business management courses and in management positions, so they have a say in the direction of farming co-operatives.
- Improve farmers’ understanding of finance.
- Create neighbourhood savings and loan groups, so that people – especially women – have a place to put their money and withdraw it when they need it.