Asia Pacific


Integrated Policy

Strengthening National Food Systems and Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction

Malnutrition, food insecurity and unsustainable agriculture are among the most pressing challenges for Timor-Leste, which records rates of malnutrition and food insecurity among the highest in the world. In addition, the disproportional vulnerability of island nations like Timor-Leste to climate change was laid bare in April 2021 with the disruption brought about by Cyclone Seroja. This programme focuses on transformative change to address malnutrition, food security and low agricultural productivity in Timor-Leste. This will be accomplished by strengthening food systems, including both production and consumption, and mitigating risks from climate-driven disasters. Taken together, these programme objectives will benefit those vulnerable groups who are at greatest risk of economic shock, malnutrition, and food insecurity.


Guided by principles of Leaving No One Behind and a human rights-based approach, the programme will address policy change to strengthen the food system on the supply side, creating a secure market for producers, and ensure a healthy food environment. On the demand side, the programme will focus on behavioural change, training of health workers, and promoting consumer awareness and knowledge of healthier eating. Finally, to create resilience and protect against disasters, the programme will focus on early action and preparedness through food crisis forecasting.

Quick facts

Total budget:
US $951,400

Total Funding:
US $951,400

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Ministry of Finance; National Logistics Centre; Ministry of Health; Prime Minister’s Office; National Council for Food Security, Sovereignty and Nutrition in Timor-Leste; Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry; Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs; Inspection and Supervision Authority for Economic, Health and Food Activities

December, 2021 to December, 2023 (24 months)