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Seeds of Life Program Closing

On June 29, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Felix Ximenes

Seeds of Life Family

(Tetum)Although all Seeds of Life (SoL) activities will cease at the end of June 2016, the legacy of the SoL program continues. The foundations of Timor-Leste National Seed System have been established and should continue to provide the country’s farming families with secure and timely access to quality seeds and cuttings of the 19 productive varieties already officially released.

Although we will not be publishing new articles, publications or maps, you can continue to access the wealth of information and resources the program has generated in the 15 years since inception in November 2000, including access to the plethora of research reports, special studies and a multitude of maps available on the SoL website for at least another few years.

It’s been a wonderful journey and we thank all MAF staff, development partners and stakeholders in the national seed system for enabling us to be partners in your efforts to build the strong young nation of Timor-Leste.

Obrigado wain!


Mr. Francisco Sanchez-Bayo from Sydney University demonstrate Aflatoxin Quick test with Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries to farmers at Fahilebo

(Tetum)Thanks to new research by SoL and Sydney University, Timorese farmers will soon be selling quality maize grain to a local company, Timor Global, to produce food products. A new Aflatoxin quick test will ensure that only grain that is safe to eat is purchased and turned into food products. (more…)

Profit sharing savings and loans, CSP Naroman, Liquica

Profit sharing savings and loans, CSP Naroman, Liquiça

(Tetum)The core activity of the Commercial Seed Producer (CSP) groups is to produce commercial seed of the improved maize, rice and peanut varieties that have been released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. This is however not a year-long activity, and to help strengthen the groups and give them also a more continuous focus, another activity was suggested:Savings and Loans (S&L). (more…)

Recently released publications

On June 27, 2016, in English, NSSRV, Reports & studies, by Felix Ximenes

NSSRV-2 (Tetum)The updated version of the Timor-Leste National Seed System booklet is now available for download from our website. This booklet outlines the objectives, components, activities and management of the national seed system that MAF-SoL and other stakeholders have established.  The booklet is available in English and Tetum and can be downloaded here: National Seed System for Released Varieties




NSSRV-1 (Tetum)The proceedings of the TimorAg2016 Conference held last April 2016 have been published by ACIAR. These proceedings describe the progress made over the past 16 years by Seeds of Life program and other partners and stakeholders in improving crop production, nutrition and access to food for farming households in Timor-Leste. These proceedings provide a valuable contribution to the discussion on further advancing the country’s agriculture sector to achieve food security.

Download your copy from: Food security in Timor-Leste through crop production-PR146


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