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Our work in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste has achieved much since gaining independence in 1999. Significant progress has been made to consolidate stability and peace in the nation. However, Timor-Leste still faces challenges in growing and diversifying its economy away from natural resources. Private sector investment is limited, and there are few exports aside from oil, gas and coffee.
MDF is working in Timor-Leste to support economic diversification to stimulate investment and encourage business growth, focusing on economic sectors with pro-poor income and employment potential. MDF’s two priority sectors in Timor-Leste are agriculture and tourism, aligned with the economic development priorities of the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan (2011 – 2030).
COVID-19 response and recovery
As a small island nation heavily dependent on importing and transporting goods, services and people, COVID-19 had an outsized impact on the economy. MDF Timor-Leste responded by pausing tourism interventions, supporting coffee exporters to continue operating and generating market intelligence on pandemic-related disruptions.
With the border recently reopened, MDF TL is restarting work on tourism while addressing emerging shocks related to inflation, food, and input prices.Find out more...
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MDF Coffee Partner in Timor-Leste
Aleinde Kafé (Beyond Coffee) | I Market View (Tetun)
Beyond Coffee I Market View (English)
Atauro’s Ocean Farmers I Climate Change Story
Increasing Seaweed Productivity in Timor-Leste
Touchdown Timor I Business Focus Story
Timor-Leste’s Resilient Pig Farmers I Pro-poor Growth Story
Timor-Leste’s transition towards high-value coffee
Konjac | Timor-Leste
MDF in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries produced this video to create awareness among farmers on the importance of konjac cultivation and post-harvest practice
A guide to Konjac
Maek, ne’ebé koñesidu ho naran sientífiku Amorphophallus Konjac, ne’e identifika nu’udar ai-horis komersiál nian ne’ebé ideál no atrativu ho nia valór komérsiál di’ak tebes, hodi bele fornese poténsia rendimentu ne’ebé
ASF is Triggering Market Shifts
African Swine Fever in Timor-Leste
Market Development Facility (MDF) in Timor-Leste collaborated with the Timorese Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) on a communications campaign to create awareness of African Swine