Timor-Leste ranks amongst the world’s poorest countries and faces multiple challenges in feeding its people and developing its economy. The fisheries and aquaculture sectors currently fall well short of their potential to contribute to improving livelihoods and food security. There is significant potential to improve food security through the promotion of sustainable marine resource use. This project aims to improve food and nutrition security, productivity and resilience of fisheries systems and community livelihoods in coastal areas of Timor-Leste. Project partners will focus on four specific objectives: working with pilot communities to understand livelihoods, vulnerabilities and pathways to improved resilience and food security; designing and testing approaches to community-based management of reef and coastal resources; conducting participatory action research with communities and partners to test interventions designed to increase livelihood resilience and food security; and building capacity within the National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NDFA) for monitoring and adaptive management of coastal resources.

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