Timor-Leste Agricultural Rehabilitation, Economic Growth & Sustainable Natural Resource Management Project Website Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
University of Hawaii at Manoa
U.S. Agency for International Development


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As a largely agrarian society, Timore-Leste's hope for a prosperous and secure future hinges on raising the performance of its agricultural sector. For this hope to be realized, the current subsistence farming system must not only be transformed into a modern market-based economy, this change must keep pace with the rising expectations of a rapidly expanding population.

In July 2003, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the United States Agency for International Development approved a new project to begin the process of modernizing Timor-Leste's agriculture. The project brings together the Ministry's knowledge of local customs, conditions and capabilities and the University of Hawaii's experience in market-based tropical agriculture.


By strengthening the human and institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the project will enable the Ministry and business community to work with the farming community to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Increase agricultural productivity and food security.

  2. Increase household incomes and create new employment opportunities.

  3. Adopt farming practices that protect and preserve the environment for future generations.


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Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the University of Hawaii and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.