Timor-Leste

Viqueque Sustainable Agro-Enterprise Farmers to Market Development Project

Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In the Viqueque Municipality, almost half the population live beneath the national poverty line while 40% of the population live below $2 NZD a day.

The FarMar project is supporting farming families in this area through growing the rural economy and improving food security.

We achieve this through connecting small family farmers to larger markets. By having access to these markets, farmers are able to receive a higher price meaning they are able to make a higher profit and provide more for their family. Through connecting farmers to the right markets they are able to almost double their income! This also means there are more employment opportunities for people to work on farms and share in the profits made.

The project also provides agricultural support services ensuring sustainable and resilient crop yields. Not only will this improve food security, but also
families are able to improve food security to improve everyday diets and overall general well-being

Stories

Eden often made the trips herself to the marketplace to sell vegetables for her family. She would be away from home for at least two days in order to journey to the nearest marketplace then remain until her produce was sold.

Through a similar project, ADRA also helped to connect rural farmers, such as Eden, to larger markets.

Now Eden no longer has to leave her family in order to make an income, ā€œI will be able to spend more time at home with my household chores, spend time with my children and also help my husband in the farm.ā€

The FarMar project will support families like Eden’s resulting in higher incomes and better food security as well as helping to improve family life together.

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