local food basket (Image/UNDP Timor-Leste)

DILI, 11 august 2020 (TATOLI) – Govenment’s cooperation with the Asian Development Bank and the UNDP have distributed food baskets to 25.000 people in most vulnerable areas  which are sourced directly from local farmers and via the government supported loja dos Agricultures syndicate.

Funding for the project is comprised of US$1 million from the Government of Japan under the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund of the Asian Development Bank, and US$105,000 from the UNDP. This will help the government reach 25,000 people in the most vulnerable areas of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Covalima and Oecusse

The project aims to multiply its economic stimulus impact by sourcing all necessary components domestically.

Each basket contains 15kg of rice, 5kg of ground maize, 5kg of assorted legumes, four types of long-shelf-life vegetables, fruits and salt. The rice, maize and beans are being sourced from the Loja dos Agricultor – which manages more than 100 local farmers – while the fruits and vegetables are being sourced directly from local farmers.

During the distribution ceremony at Baucau Municipal headquarters Ms. Munkhtuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative in Timor-Leste said “as well as responding to Covid-19, this initiative represents our broader commitment to support the Government’s in developing the agro-business sector in Timor-Leste.”

Ms. Munkhtuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative in Timor-Leste said

“The project will help prevent childhood stunting, ensure food and nutrition security for Timor-Leste’s most vulnerable households, and boost their immune systems. It will also provide an economic boost to local producers and agriculture micro and small-sized enterprises to recover from the impact of COVID-19,” Asian Development Bank Country Director Mr. Sunil Mitra said At the distribution ceremony at Baucau Municipal headquarters

Around 500 people in 100 households in 11 Sucos within Baucau Municipality will receive the first round of food baskets this week,

The recipients were identified in coordination with the President of Baucau Municipality and include people suffering from chronic food insecurity, people without permanent housing, the elderly, single parents, orphans, people with disabilities and survivors of gender-based violence. Distribution in other municipalities will commence later in August 2020 with a target of 5000 individuals per municipality.




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