How agriculture research is engaging the farmers who miss out

In largely rural Timor-Leste, women and young people make up a large proportion of the population. But they aren’t always represented at the country’s highest levels of research, planning and leadership. Now, efforts by AI-Com are taking steps to ensuring women and youth have the skills and opportunities to engage in agriculture research at all …

Strong food systems a solution to malnutrition problem in Timor-Leste

Passing through a quiet village in Timor-Leste’s rural west you’ll see gaggles of children playing in the scrub and grass by the sides of the roads. Shaded by papaya trees and tracing lines through tall home-garden corn stalks, they’ll chatter and giggle, and race tyres through the dust. They’ll likely look younger than they are. …

Speeding up sandalwood seed germination

AI-Com supported researchers have this week begun experiments to test novel ways of encouraging sandalwood seed germination, in order to grow more and healthier trees. While sandalwood is endemic to Timor-Leste, and grows wild, it can be difficult to germinate the seed quickly. Sandalwood seeds are designed to germinate a few at a time, some …

A year of AI-Com, by the numbers

Since AI-Com launched in April 2017, together with our partners we have: Conducted 256 training days Worked in six districts With 12 different crops And 14 Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries researchers Together with three universities 11 lecturers 23 university students (six of them female) Distributed 1,200kg of the organic fertiliser biochar Scattered approximately 7,500 …

New planting systems are improving dinnertime in Natarbora

Mung beans, red beans, cassava and corn: staple crops grown in thousands of households all over Timor-Leste, making regular appearances on dinner tables for generations. And in that time, little has changed in how they’re farmed. But new research may have revealed an innovative way of growing mung beans differently – unlocking new opportunities for …

AI-Com baseline survey results show households eager to adapt agriculture innovations

AI-Com researchers were pleased to share promising results from the project’s baseline survey at last month’s project results meeting and book launch at Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.   Conducted in October 2017 in Ritabou village in Maliana sub-district of Bobonaro municipality in Timor-Leste’s west, the survey aimed to collect information to inform AI-Com’s …