Spain gives donation to FAO to develop agriculture in Baucau, East Timor

21 December 2009

Dili, East Timor, 21 Dec – The food security project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in the East Timorese district of Baucau has received a contribution of 600,000 euros from the Spanish Agency for Cooperation and International Development (AECID).

The donation will make it possible for the United Nations Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to expand the duration of the project until 2011, according to the FAO.

The aim of the project is to increase the variety, quality and quantity of the food produced by the communities that live near the River Seia basin, in the district of Baucau in East Timor.

The Project is focused on training farmers to promote the progressive transition from subsistence agriculture to market-focused production.

Farmers are supplied with seeds, tools and animals, together with training and new adapted technologies.

Currently over 2,000 families from 15 villages are benefiting from the project.

Spain is no the main donor for the FAO-s activities in East Timor. (macauhub)