Jan 11, 2013

Seeds of Life or destruction of culture? Hungry East Timor debates

The AusAID-funded program Seeds of Life is creating debate in East Timor, where some locals fear the modern systems of farming taking over the traditional organic methods.

It’s the hungry season in East Timor, that time of year when food from last year’s crops has run out and the next harvest is yet to be reaped. In Guriwai in the country’s east, the farmers are passing out their corn and peanuts to a visiting group of international nutrition experts. For Guriwai at least, this year there will be no hungry season.


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2 thoughts on “Seeds of Life or destruction of culture? Hungry East Timor debates

  1. zut alors

    The provenance of those SoL seeds is of concern.

    AusAID? It’s worth remembering there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

  2. michael r james

    “Some 55% of the population is below the age of 20, and with a fertility rate of almost six children per woman, …”

    As the cliche goes, there’s yer problem .

    I don’t mean to glib, or to underestimate the social and political problems but unless the population growth is addressed all else is spitting in the wind.

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