Assistance for Food Security in Timor Leste
September 30, 2003
- On September 30 (Tue), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 379,606 US dollars through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project "Reduction of Post Harvest Losses" to be implemented in Timor Leste by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
- The goal of this project is to improve the food supply in rural communities by reducing post harvest losses and improving household storage capacity. Activities include improved means of preventing losses of stored food, such as the wider use of storage silos and the training of rural blacksmiths in silo construction, training of NGOs, district agriculture officers and farmers on post harvest management technology, and establishment of seed stores to respond to sudden changes in the weather and an increase in the numbers of returnees.
- This project is expected to strengthen storage capacity and ensure an emergency reserve stock as well as to enable farmers to store their harvest for sale, which eventually contributes to poverty reduction.
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