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(Tetun) Consumption of wild food is an important coping strategy in deficit years for poor ‘at risk’ households in Timor-Leste, new research by Seeds of Life has found.

In food insecure years, rural households were significantly more likely to forage for wild foods due to depletion of their grain stocks earlier than in ‘normal’ years. (more…)

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New district thematic maps available

On January 16, 2015, in Maps, by Kate Bevitt

(Tetun) Two new district thematic map sets – one with slope information, the other featuring elevation with a hillshade effect – have been added to Seeds of Life’s collection of over 1,800 maps.

Each map works like an offline GIS map with layers of thematic information from the 2010 census that can easily be turned ‘on’ or ‘off’. (more…)

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(Tetun) 2014 was a big year for Seeds of Life with the release of a new bitter cassava variety, creation of the National Seed Council, and production of around 100 tonnes of quality seed by 31 commercial seed producers.

Many, many more activities also happened last year, so here’s a look back at the top ten highlights.


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(Tetun) The key to improving the livelihoods of farming families in Timor-Leste is to increase crop production and expand market access, according to a 2014 study by Monash University.

Such activities would enable families to produce enough food to meet their basic needs, to benefit from economies of scale and to reduce post-harvest losses by selling surplus production in a timely manner. (more…)