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(Tetum) They travel hundreds of kilometres on bumpy district roads each year, visit hundreds of farming families, and give expert advice on selecting seed and good agricultural practices.

They’re the suco (village) extension officers (SEOs) of Timor-Leste, and they’re helping thousands of farming families grow more food by enabling access to improved food crop varieties released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). (more…)

(Tetum) Taste-testing field days are valuable opportunities for MAF-SoL to find out the tastes and preferences of Timor-Leste’s farming communities; varieties on trial are either released, undergoing on-farm demonstration trials (OFDTs) or are in preliminary research stages.


(Tetum) Farmers wanting to plant the improved sweet potato varieties Hohrae 1, 2 and 3 will now be able to access quality cuttings from over 60 production centres across all 13 districts of Timor-Leste.

Seeds of Life (SoL) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) has established the centres to reduce the time and distance that cuttings need to travel before reaching farmers. (more…)

(Tetum) As an Australian Aid co-funded project, MAF-SoL ranks work health and safety (WHS) as a top priority.

The program proactively develops strategies to eliminate and manage risks to staff, program recipients and the greater Timorese community, and aims to work toward an Australian standard of risk reduction. (more…)