Date Released: 
09/11/2009

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is encouraging government leaders who gather for the World Food Summit in Rome this month, to consider the case of East Timor – viewing it as an instructive microcosm of global efforts to achieve food security.

Despite the difficulties faced by the small island nation – and its limited experience with research on staple crops – East Timor has brought household food security within reach in a remarkably short time.

This is the promising result of a major post-conflict initiative called “Seeds of Life,” which is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Program researchers see the country’s post-conflict predicament as an opportunity, not just to rehabilitate old systems, but also to design new ones that are more market oriented and provide a stronger basis for sustainable rural development.

Read more about the success of the “Seeds of Life” initiative in the November feature on the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) website: http://cgiar.org/monthlystory/november2009.html

Seeds of Life: http://seedsoflifetimor.org/

Food Security journal article “Improving food security through agricultural research and development in Timor-Leste: a country emerging from conflict”: http://www.springerlink.com/content/050t8r75845534…

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