Sustainable Use of Agro Biodiversity in Timor Leste

IP Wave

Country: Timor-Leste

Client: GIZ

Counterpart Organization: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF)

Project Duration: 10/2012 - 03/2016

Value of Service: 1,399,000 €

The environment in Timor-Leste shows a high level of agricultural biodiversity. However this quality is rapidly deteriorating through agricultural transformation processes.

The growing population density, land degradation, increasing monoculture and the spread of invasive non-indigenous plants, have lead to a strong reduction in the diversity of agricultural crops. There is moreover, a lack of awareness amongst the local population about the importance of preserving the rich agricultural biodiversity.

The goal of the project is therefore the protection and sustainable management of a wide range of agricultural plants, including many indigenous species, so as to maintain the agricultural biodiversity.

Main Services Provided:

  • To provide advice on the inclusion of agricultural biodiversity in national policies and to establish a monitoring system to control the implementation
  • Government agricultural advisors are trained in the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity
  • In selected districts, the existing agricultural biodiversity and traditional knowledge about the cultivation and use of these plants, is documented with the help of local farmers. This will form the basis for the national monitoring system
  • The farming groups serve as multipliers in areas such as the improvement and spread of traditional varieties and the application of mixed cropping
  • Supply chains for a wide variety of agricultural crops are to be established, in order to provide an income for the rural population and incentives to cultivate these crops
  • Various actors (farming groups, advisory services, NGOs, etc.) will interact with one another as a part of the project and will be strengthened through capacity development, sensitisation and knowledge management.