How can intercropping help farmers in Timor-Leste?

You’ll find red beans and corn in the kitchens and on the dinner tables of thousands of households across Timor-Leste. Now, new research supported by AI-Com is investigating how combining these staple crops on the south coast can help farming families maximise crop yields, improve land use, and support community livelihoods.

Farmers on the frontline of innovation in Timor-Leste

On a sunny Tuesday in Bobonaro municipality, to the west of Timor-Leste’s costal capital, Dili, six farmers are happily packing rich black dirt in around their new sandalwood tree seedlings. With their scuffed-up sandals, worn-out polo shirts and dirt-crusted fingernails, they don’t look like what you’d imagine if you thought of a scientist – but …

How farmers in Timor-Leste can work less to grow mung beans

Local farmers in Natabora near Timor-Leste’s south coast have been carefully planting mung bean seeds for generations. So when students and lecturers from the local agriculture school started scattering seeds at random into rice beds before the rice harvest, they couldn’t understand. Their ancestors had taught them that mung bean seeds needed to be planted, …

AI-Com and UNTL launch new collaborative research site

Government, academic and youth representatives have this week successfully launched a collaborative research site at Vemasse, Baucau municipality, where student-led research investigating how to maximise yields in challenging growing conditions. A joint initiative between the Government of Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), the Universidade Nasionale Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) and AI-Com, a new Australian-funded …

Silent sentinels to Timor’s past and future

As you walk beneath the archway that welcomes you to Timor-Leste’s international airport from the tarmac, you pass a pretty garden, with neat lawns, shady trees and flag poles strung with the country’s eye-catching red, black and yellow flag. Hundreds of visitors stream past every day, but few, if any, notice the key piece of …

AI-Com researchers present at leading international agriculture research conference

Researchers from Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and new ACIAR-funded agriculture innovation program AI-Com have today presented research at the 2017 International Tropical Agriculture Conference in Brisbane.  The world’s leading tropical agriculture conference, TropAg2017 focuses on science and technology solutions across the agriculture and food supply chains, including technology and investment, and invites leading researchers to present …

TropAg 2017 research posters

Posters containing information presented by Luis de Almeido and Robert Williams are available to download at the links below.   TropAg poster_Luis SR           TropAg poster Rob SR

A new ACIAR crop project has begun in Timor-Leste

A new crop project has been launched in Timor-Leste. The project is known as Al-Com with the official title being ‘Agricultural innovations for communities for intensified and sustainable farming systems in Timor-Leste’ ‘This project will benefit communities in Timor-Leste by offering farmers options to intensify their production and link to markets so that they can …