Asia Pacific


Integrated Policy

Strengthening National Food Systems and Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction

The challenges of malnutrition, food insecurity and unsustainable agriculture are among the most pressing issues facing Timor-Leste. The rates of malnutrition and food insecurity in the country are among the highest in the world, affecting the most vulnerable groups. To address these challenges and needs, the Joint Programme will strengthen food systems and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by leveraging on affirmed high-level political commitments. Guided by principles of Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) and a human rights-based approach, existing partnerships with multiple stakeholders will be enhanced to make catalytic investments in People, Prosperity and Planet. The Joint Programme aims to create secure and sustainable food markets by reducing food waste, enhancing local procurement, and ensuring a healthy food environment. The programme will promote breastfeeding and the consumption of locally grown nutritious foods, particularly for vulnerable groups. The Joint Programme would strengthen resilience to climate change by implementing national forecasting of food crises through acute food security and nutrition monitoring systems. The combined results would improve nutrition levels, food security and promote sustainable agricultural development.


The mutually complementary interventions in this Joint Programme will strengthen the supply, demand and resilience of the national food systems. The various assessments in this Joint Programme will generate context specific evidence that will further inform the design/planning, implementation and follow up national food security, nutrition and other development programmes, contributing to sustainable development in the local context.

Direct Influence

Women, children (under 5), girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, and rural workers.

Quick facts

Total budget:
US $951,400

Total Funding:
US $951,400

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Ministry of Finance; National Logistics Centre; Ministry of Health; Prime Minister’s Office; National Council for Food Security, Sovereignty and Nutrition in Timor-Leste; Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry; Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs; Inspection and Supervision Authority for Economic, Health and Food Activities

January, 2022 to December, 2023 (24 months)