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WFP and Government discuss the national report on Food System in TL

WFP and Government discuss the national report on Food System in TL

The Director of Agriculture and Fisheries,Maria Odete do Céu Guterres (ImageTatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 04 october 2021 (TATOLI)—The government of Timor-Leste together with the World Food Program (WFP) held a dialogue to discuss the national report on the Food System in Timor-Leste, to ensure food is secure and hygiene and Timorese farmer can cultivate the nutritive crops for daily consumption.

“This meeting we focus our discussion on two important things. The food system report of national and sub-national and also the food system pathway for TL,” The Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Maria Odete do Céu Guterres told the media last Friday at the Government Palace.

Guterres said The government is working closely with the development partners comprising UN, WFP, FAO, and all academic partners, Community organizations, local farmer representatives were preparing for the discussion.

“The preparations were very good starting from the national dialogue and sub-dialogue at the municipal level to continue the decisions at the pre-summit (high-level conference) which had been carried out in Rome on 26-28 July,” she said.

“TL’s preparations for the Food System Pathway have completed, therefore we thank the Prime Minister for his support and the President of the Republic for his speech in the 23 September of New York Summit and introduced all the struggles that national and international technical and mass organizations and partners have for Food System Pathway,” he said.

UN Food System Dialogue Organizer, Filipe da Costa said that the TL held one national dialogue and six sub-national dialogues to discuss the Food System in the TL since 36% of the population in the TL were born consuming unprotected food, 47% of the children for five years. Underprivileged living in a state of dwarfism and 30% of the population live in poverty.

Following his observation the Food System in TL could not ensure the hygiene and nutrition food to be consumed by everyone, saying, therefore, Timor-Leste decided to join the dialogue in July last year, promoted by the UN aimed to increase the knowledge of people on how to consume healthy food.

“After participating in the dialogue, we discussed with many parties what was needed for the improvement of the Food System in Timor-Leste,” he said.

The sub-dialogues were carried out in Maliana (Bobonaro), Manufahi, Manatuto, Baucau, Viqueque, and Lospalos to generate recommendations that had been collected in the discussion.

he added that during the discussion a National System Pathway books were also provided to send to the Food System Gateway and during the UN Summit in September: We thanked for all contributions from all partners to ensure the dialogue was running smoothly and successfully on improving the Food System in TL,” said Filipe.

WFP country director, Dageng Liu said that the UN team is very excited to work with the government in national dialogue and sub-national food system dialogue to continue national involvement on how to contribute to sustainable transformation and also the relevant food system in TL.

“We are waiting for the government to take the initiative to join the global campaign for the food factory initiative, we look forward to continuing to work for the food transformation of the Food System in TL,” he concluded.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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