Climate change related drought plagues island farmers on Timor Leste.

Samalari and Titilari, Timor Leste
1,000 children and adults from 200 families in two villages in the Island country of Timor Leste suffer from an annual food shortage caused by inadequate water for irrigation leading to poor rice harvests, and from an inability to adapt to a changing climatic pattern (a long drought, from July to November) restricting when staple crops such as corn and cassava can be planted.

Women voting during needs assessment.

Michaelyn Bachhuber (US), Raul de la Rosa (Philippines/Timor Leste), and Yinwu Huang (China) worked during September and October to develop a project in participation with these community members.

The project has two adaptation to climate change components. The first, an improved agricultural practices program focuses on soil restoration and conservation, and water conservation and management techniques for this farming community.
Men reflecting on vote results

The second component is a bio-intensive family garden program which starts with a food security and food diversity survey to better understand the exact context—and then follows up with a series of workshops for the community members on family nutrition and home gardening for nutrition.

Download their report and project outline here:
Particpatory Needs Assessment with Community.
Solution Oriented Project Outline.

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