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National Seed System for Released Varieties

Good agricultural practices for maize animation

Learn about how the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is helping provide farming families with secure access to quality seed through the National Seed System for Released varieties. Download via Vimeo (20 minutes).

Learn tips for getting good results from the Sele and Noi Mutin improved maize varieties in this three-minute animation. It covers planting, weeding, harvesting and storage. Download via Vimeo.

Anina Peanut Farming in Maliana

Regina’s Farming Group in Venilale

Anina is chief of the six-member contract grower group ‘Aselsam’ that produces certified seed of Utamua, the improved peanut variety released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). Download via Vimeo. X After changing the variety of rice the group grows to the Ministry of Agriculture’s improved rice variety, Nakroma, Regina and her members have seen improvements in yields, resulting in higher profits. Download via Vimeo.

Women Farmers of Liquica

Women Farmers Sowing Seeds for Success

In 2013, Seeds of Life assisted the women farmers of Mori Foun community seed production group, Liquica, Timor-Leste, in successfully installing a drip irrigation system in their sweet potato fields. Download via Vimeo. In all farming households in Timor-Leste women play a significant role in farm tasks, including food storage, processing and preparation, planting, weeding, and harvesting of all crops. Download via Vimeo.

Silo Air-Tight Testing

Sweet Potato Taste Test at Loes Research Station

Seeds of Life constantly examines innovative and simple ways to improve crop storage and reduce post-harvest losses. As weevils are a constant threat to the storage process, researchers have been assessing the benefits of large rubber bands sealing the lids. Download via Vimeo. It was a battle of the taste buds at Loes Research Station in July, 2013, as farmers and MAF-SoL researchers gathered to do a sweet potato blind taste test. Download via Vimeo.

Seeds of Life: Food Security in Timor-Leste

4X4 Off-Road Driving Training at MAF-SoL 

Professor Willie Erskine, Director of the University of Western Australia (UWA) Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) talks about researching the food security in Timor-Leste. Produced by iVEC@UWA. Download via Youtube. Staff travel is an intrinsic part of day-to-day work life at MAF-SoL. Competent, experienced and educated driving staff is the most prominent way to reduce on-road risks. June 2014 saw 24 drivers, and two Logistics staff, undertake a two-day 4X4 off-road driving course. Download via Vimeo.
Alexander Fertig, student from Colombia University made a documentary video on Seeds of Life efforts to establish a commercial seed system and promote food security in Timor-Leste.



The Maize Song

Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (Hohrae 3) Six-Part Radio Play

Listen (Tetum) to the best practices for growing maize in Timor-Leste! From planting to harvesting, this song has got it covered!From planting to harvesting, this song has got it covered! Download via SoundCloud.  Listen (Tetum) to a farming family in Timor-Leste discover the benefits of growing Ministry of Agriculture released variety of orange-fleshed sweet potato, Hohrae 3! Download via SoundCloud.

Sele Maize Six-Part Radio Play

Listen (Tetum) to a farming family in Timor-Leste discover the benefits of growing Ministry of Agriculture released variety of maize, Sele! From seed sourcing, to planting, to harvest, this radio play has it covered! Download via SoundCloud.


Reducing Hunger in Timor-Leste

Banks without Walls: Strengthening Farming Communities in Timor-Leste

Reducing hunger infographicMany farmers appreciate the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ improved varieties – they are productive, locally adapted, can be replanted again, and yield well under traditional practices. See how MAF-SoL is assisting Timorese farming communities in reducing hunger in Timor-Leste. Infographic_Savings_Loans_ENG_Logo In rural Timorese communities, a large portion of people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. As agriculture is often seasonal, this can mean incomes can be as well. See how MAF-SoL assists farming groups in savings and loans initiatives.

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