(Tetum) Many farmers appreciate the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ improved varieties of maize, rice, peanut, sweet potato and cassava because of their good characteristics – they are productive, locally adapted, can be replanted again, and yield well under traditional practices.

Today, on World Environment Day (5 June), let’s take a closer look in this infographic at how these released varieties are also helping reduce hunger in Timor-Leste while protecting the natural resources farmers rely on (water, soil, plants and animals) and improving biodiversity.


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(Tetum) Friday 23 May saw the official release of Ai-luka 1, the latest Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) variety of cassava to be tried and tested in Timor-Leste.

Officiating the release was the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Marcos da Cruz and MAF Director General Lourenço Fontes Borges, SoL Australian Team Leader John Dalton, SoL Australian Program Coordinator Harry Nesbitt as well as MAF-SoL researchers and staff. Eric Huttner and Peter Horne from Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR), the initial partner in the SoL program, were also present for the occasion. (more…)

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