Soil and Land Management

Evaluation of livelihood zones, rural household trajectories, research and development partners and initiatives in Timor-Leste

Image
a man cutting grass
Project code
SLAM/2021/108
Budget
AUD 250,000
Research program manager
Dr James Quilty
Project leader
Dr Leigh Vial, Charles Darwin University
Commissioned organisation
Charles Darwin University
Duration:
APR 2022
2022
OCT 2023
Project status
Legally committed/Active
Share this page

Overview

This project aims to improve smallholder farm and livelihood productivity  focusing on innovation in soils management and improvement, and to investigate and document the resource base, livelihood, and agronomic strategies of communities in three distinct livelihood zones.

Timor-Leste is one of the poorest nations in the world. Since Timor-Leste gained independence in 2002, there have been significant efforts and resources provided through Australia’s ODA program along with investments from international development agencies, that aim to address the low agricultural productivity in the country and improve food and nutrition security for the population.

Progress towards these goals has been slow, and this small research activity will provide a stocktake of development efforts across the agricultural systems—crops, livestock, vegetables, forestry—within 3 key livelihood zones identified by the TOMAK program of DFAT in Timor-Leste. The 3 proposed livelihood zones comprise Inland irrigable watersheds; Upland high altitude; and  Southern rainfed.

This research will provide valuable knowledge on the cultural, socioeconomic, and the agronomic context and potentials of the target livelihood zones. The information will help guide the design of investments in research and development initiatives that should improve the likelihood of successful and sustained impact in Timor-Leste.

Map
Image
map
Key partners
Charles Darwin University