An external team undertook a review of the Seeds of Life (SoL) program in East Timor in early 2009. The review focused on the second phase of the SoL program, from September 2005 through to January 2009.
The team found that the second phase of SoL has been very successful and is directly responsible for food productivity improvements in more than a quarter of East Timor’s villages. This impacts an estimated 2,500 individual families. The villages are spread across seven districts and span all agro-climatic zones within the country. Through SoL, the East Timor Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has released seven new varieties of staples, including maize, rice, peanuts and sweet potato, all of which have undergone extensive farmer-trials prior to release. The new varieties have given yield increases of between 13 and 138%, and adoption has been rapid.
SoL has also increased capacity of staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and local villagers.
The full report is available below.