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.

International and local agriculture experts and academics will present topics on agricultural production as well as nutrition, agricultural marketing, extension, savings and loans, grain storage, agricultural rituals, communication and capacity building for agriculture. In addition to the oral presentations participants will learn about other projects and activities being implemented in Timor-Leste via an expo of displays and more than 50 posters prepared by MAF municipal offices and a range of MAF development partners.

On the final day participants will have the opportunity to experience real activities in the field in Aileu, Ermera and Liquica by visiting farmer groups, a MAF research station and the CCT Training Centre. There will be numerous opportunities to gain new knowledge and interact with participants and invited speakers.