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FAO commits to support TL in boosting food security and nutrition

FAO commits to support TL in boosting food security and nutrition

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DILI, 10 march 2022 (TATOLI) – The New Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Rajendra Aryal discussed the cooperation of both parties, especially in the agriculture sector to boost Timor-Leste’s food security and nutrition.

The New Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Rajendra Aryal. Images//ABC

During the meeting, both parties discussed the development of the agriculture sector, focusing on agriculture digitalization, small farmers’ development, adapting agriculture to climate change, building a resilient future in food and farming, and so on.

“We are already working with the government of Timor-Leste, especially with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP), the National Directorate of Forestry (NDF), the Secretary of State of Fisheries (SoSF), and Livestock for the last 20 years on different activities, including livelihood support, resilience building, climate change adaptation and so on,” Aryal told reporters after introducing himself to the Prime Minister Ruak as the new Representative of FAO to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, on thursday.

He said FAO would continue working together with the Government of Timor-Leste to improve Timor-Leste food security and nutrition.

“We have done some good work, especially working closely with small farmers to build their livelihoods. So, we will continue working together with MAP, but there are also new things for instance animal health, climate change, and agriculture digitalization,” Aryal stressed.

In addition, he said one of the important elements of the FAO program is to support MAP with its capacity-building program.

“Another important thing is capacity building because we are also working closely with the MAP in building the technical capacity whether it is on technical elements on monitoring and evaluation. At the same time, we will also be committed to supporting small farmers on the ground with our capacity-building program. So, we will continue working with the government on a capacity-building and empowering program, targeting the youth and women,” he added.

“All in all, FAO is very much committed to working together with the government of Timor-Leste under the leadership of his excellency Prime Minister Ruak in the sector of agriculture and fisheries, forestry, and livestock.”

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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