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US & Timor-Leste & China Trilateral Partnership
Description/achievement of initiative

Traditional agriculture practices in Timor-Leste result in poor soil and water management and low productivity. This Trilateral partnership trains farmers both on modern cultivation methods and cultivation of crops that reduce erosion and increase replenishment of nutrients in the soil. In addition, the crops selected help farmers diversify their sources of income.This partnership will contribute to the sustainable development of SIDS by demonstrating opportunities for increasing farmer incomes while improving natural resource management through cultivation of cash and staple crops. The model developed in Timor-Leste can be applied in other SIDS.

Implementation methodologies

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries identified and prepared the land for test plots and training; USAID’s Developing Agriculture Communities project trains farmers in cultivation of red beans and onions; the Government of China trains farmers in the cultivation of maize.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

See Objective for details on training.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding which detailed governance and responsibilities.

Partner(s)

USAID/Timor-Leste Government of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Government of the People's Republic of China
Progress reports
Goal 15
2013-2015
45 farmers trained in cultivation of red beans and onions
2013-2015
45 farmers trained in cultivation of maize
Financing (in USD)
1,200,000 USD

Action Network
Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - January 31, 2015
Partners
USAID/Timor-Leste Government of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Government of the People's Republic of China
Countries
Contact information
Robert Mearkle, Foreign Scientific Affairs Officer, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, US State Department, mearkler@state.gov
United Nations