Seed Municipal Coordinator with Agriculture at the rice field

(Tetum)The Seeds of Life program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), ACIAR and Australian Aid has organized the TimorAg2016 conference that will be held from 13 to 15 April 2016. This conference will showcase the experience MAF and others have gained from working in collaboration with the range of development partners to improve national food security, seed security and seed sovereignty across the country. Over 200 international and local participants from development agencies, government and academia will participate in the conference. (more…)


(Tetum)Seeds of Life has just completed more than a decade of statistics training to MAF research staff. More than 30 research staff from all parts of Timor-Leste have been trained to analyse and present their own research data. For more than 10 years, Dr. Bernadetha Mitakda has travelled from Brawijaya University in Malang to teach the research staff. She gladly observed that ”All researchers have  improved their statistical knowledge. They have better understanding of their data and the different statistical tools as well as proper interpretation of results of the analysis.”


(Tetun) The new Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Estanislau da Silva, has praised the MAF-SoL program for helping Timorese farming families grow more food.

“Seeds of Life (SoL) is an important program because it assesses and tests new varieties to improve seed production. Good production needs good seeds.” (more…)

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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