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Smallholder cattle enterprise development in Timor Leste

This project aims to increase the income of smallholder crop-livestock farmers and market chain operators in Timor Leste through more efficient, commercially-oriented cattle production and improved access to markets.
Much of the Timor Leste cattle industry comprises low-input, low-output systems on over-used and degraded communal land because of cultural and social influences, traditional smallholder systems of keeping livestock, and lack of awareness of alternate management and marketing options. Transitioning to more commercial production systems will help farmers to manage and market cattle better, helping them to generate more wealth and capitalise on the cultural importance of cattle.
This is the second project of a ten-year livestock strategy developed with Timor-Leste's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in which Australian and Indonesian scientists will help with livestock research and training.