World Food Programme supports private company in East Timor

28 May 2010

Dili, East Timor, 28 May – Private Timorese company Timor Global plans to produce nutritious foodstuffs for pregnant women and infants, with the support of the World Food Programme (WFP), WFP representative Joan Fleuren said in Dili Thursday.

Under the name of Timor-Vita, the factory will produce a food supplement, which will be packaged in small quantities to make distribution and storage easier and will be ready to eat. The supplement is designed for under-fives and pregnant women and infants.

“It is a nutritious product produced locally which, in the long term, will benefit local farmers and the local economy,” Fleuren noted.

The local production of nutritious foods will make it possible to replace imports and make them cheaper, as well as having a longer “use by date” than similar imported products.

One of the problems seen in similar products from abroad is that they are quickly perishable, due to the long period of sea transport ahead of their placement on the Timorese market.

According to WFP data, despite 60 percent of the average income of Timorese families being spent on food, it is estimated that 40 percent of the population living below the poverty line consumes less than the minimum recommended 2,100 calories per day. (macauhub)