Indonesia’s occupation of Timor-Leste from 1975 to 1998 was marked by violence (100,000 lives were lost) and resulted in large-scale destruction of economic infrastructure. Since gaining independence in 2002, this island nation continues to struggle with extreme poverty and slow rebuilding efforts.
Eighty percent of the population relies on agriculture for food and income but most families in rural areas can only produce enough food to last for eight months. As a result, levels of chronic malnutrition are extremely high, particularly among children under five. Timor-Leste is also plagued by energy poverty, with only a small percentage of the population having access to electricity.
- Agriculture & Food: Building resilience of farmers through training and improved irrigation and storage systems that boost their yields
- Environment: Promoting clean energy use in rural villages through the introduction of affordable solar lighting and fuel-efficient cookstoves
- Economic opportunity: Connecting global producers, in-country importers, and village market owners to grow the solar business sector and create jobs
Timor-Leste: Small disasters with no voice are important too
In Timor-Leste (East Timor), this year’s weather has caused more serious problems than ever encountered in living memory and beyond. The dry season was meant to start last March.
Timor-Leste: Photo of the Day: Timor-Leste
A verdant landscape in rural Timor-Leste (East Timor) with traditional buildings, horses and mountains.