Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
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:
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