“Ai ba Futuru” (Trees for the Future) - Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry (PSAF), a project co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has distributed 200 food packages to families severely affected by the economic effects of coronavirus.
The food packages distributed include a range of stable and nutritious foods: rice, corn, different types of beans, sweet potato, eggs, pumpkin and coconut oil. To make a positive impact on rural communities and to support the farmers involved in “Ai ba Futuru”, only products that were produced in Timor-Leste were procured, and most of them directly from project participants.
The severe food insecurity situation of families in Dili highlighted by the local NGO FUNDEF when they distributed basic hygiene materials to households. More households in urgent need of food assistance were identified by the National Police of Timor-Leste while patrolling the streets, and reported to FUNDEF. The Ai ba Futuru food packages handed over by the staff of FUNDEF will help to ease the problems vulnerable families are facing during these difficult times. Distribution of 200 more food packages to households in Dili will take place again in a month’s time.
“The European Union expresses its solidarity with everyone affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Timor-Leste. At these moments we need to ensure that we leave no one behind, and that we support vulnerable families and children that are most badly affected,” said Andrew Jacobs, European Union Ambassador to Timor-Leste.
The Ai ba Futuru Project is implemented in the four eastern municipalities of Timor-Leste (Baucau, Lautem, Manatuto and Viqueque), targeting 4,000 marginalised households in 40 selected villeges. It will increase the area under agroforestry in Timor-Leste by 6,000 ha, planting a total of three million trees. Targeted participants benefit from increases in production, better employment opportunities and improved market access, thus generating higher income.