Food security in Timor-Leste is improving

29 April 2015

The general conditions of food security in Timor-Leste (East Timor) are improving, although some “localised food insecurity,” continues the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

In a report including forecasts for 2015, the FAO said the favourable outlook was due to a slight expected increase in planting, as well as higher yields due to good weather and government support for the sector, including the proper distribution of seeds and fertilisers.

In the document cited by news agency Lusa the FAO said Timor-Leste will this year import double the amount of grains imported in 2014, largely due to higher demand for rice and despite the weather conditions favouring increased production.

This situation, the FAO said, mainly reflects higher imports of rice for 2014, estimated to have almost doubled from 2013 levels reaching 130,000 tons.

Rice production is expected to stand at 94,000 tons, 6 percent more than in 2014 but still 10 percent below the average for the past five years.

Imports of wheat and maize will remain at levels similar to 2014, of about 10,000 and 17,000 tons respectively. (macauhub/TL)