Timor-Leste: Promoting Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste, one of the world's newest countries, also has among the world's highest rates of undernourishment and child and maternal mortality. Nearly half of all children under 5 suffer from malnutrition, and these rates are on the increase. The Joint Programme aims to improve access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food as well as provide information and counselling on better feeding and caring practices by women and children.
The programme's focus is on infant and young child feeding, nutrients commodities and micro-nutrients supplementation, community management of acute malnutrition linked with supplementary feeding, and the establishment of a food security and nutrition surveillance system.
The project is also seeking ways to promote the scaling-up of effective interventions, such as multiple micronutrients (Sprinkles) supplementation and salt iodization.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- With support from the programme, MoH has taken the lead in the revision of the 2004 National Nutrition Strategy, taking into account the current situation and linkages with food security, aimed at strengthening the direction of development in the nutrition sector.
- A total of 84 school gardens have been implemented in 4 JP districts. As many as 450 people from the 44 schools where the gardens were implemented in 2011 have received nutrition training in 2012. The schools have utilized the vegetables harvested to add to school meals.
- The production of Timor Vita, a micronutrient powder (MNP) supplementation, was launched in April 2012; to date 1,200 children aged 6-23 months have received the supplementation. A total 1,100 home gardens have been implemented with support of MAF extension workers. 400 new beneficiaries implemented home gardens in 2012. Members of 14 MSGs have received support in the effort to link home gardening with the promotion of complementary feeding practices. Fifteen farmers groups have implemented small livestock.