US & Timor-Leste & China Trilateral Partnership
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

Traditional agriculture practices in Timor-Leste result in poor soil and water management and low productivity. This Trilateral partnership trains farmers both on modern cultivation methods and cultivation of crops that reduce erosion and increase replenishment of nutrients in the soil. In addition, the crops selected help farmers diversify their sources of income.This partnership will contribute to the sustainable development of SIDS by demonstrating opportunities for increasing farmer incomes while improving natural resource management through cultivation of cash and staple crops. The model developed in Timor-Leste can be applied in other SIDS.

Implementation methodologies

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries identified and prepared the land for test plots and training; USAID’s Developing Agriculture Communities project trains farmers in cultivation of red beans and onions; the Government of China trains farmers in the cultivation of maize.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

See Objective for details on training.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding which detailed governance and responsibilities.


USAID/Timor-Leste Government of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Government of the People's Republic of China
45 farmers trained in cultivation of red beans and onions
45 farmers trained in cultivation of maize
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
1,200,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: January 31, 2015
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Robert Mearkle, mearkler@state.gov

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