Venue:           MAF Conference Room, Comoro, Dili

Date:              Monday 18 March 2013

Time:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 8:00am ‚Äď 5.00pm (snacks and lunch will be provided)

Agriculture plays a critical role in improving food and nutrition security in Timor-Leste through improving consumption, dietary diversity and diet quality. It provides the food and essential nutrients necessary for human growth, health and survival.

To better understand what specific approaches and actions the agriculture sector can take to have long-lasting impact on nutrition in Timor-Leste, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is hosting a consultation workshop on Monday 18th March 2013.

The objective of this consultation workshop is to discuss what the agriculture sector can do to address malnutrition in Timor-Leste. The MAF-Seeds of Life program has invited Dr Jessica Fanzo, Nutrition Advisor to SoL, to present evidence of agricultural approaches impacting on nutrition. Dr Fanzo was former Senior Scientist for Nutrition at Biodiversity International and is currently Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Columbia University, New York, USA.

The workshop will also look at the current status of nutrition in Timor-Leste and globally as well as present the findings from a mapping survey and gap analysis recently conducted by Columbia University on current nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs in Timor-Leste.  The MAF-SoL program will also present the draft strategy Dr Fanzo has helped prepare on how it plans to integrate nutrition within its program to improve food security in Timor-Leste.

Please find the detailed agenda by following this link. We look forward to your active participation.

Should you require additional information please contact Ms. Alva Lim (alva.lim@seedsoflifetimor.org or 7798-2320)