Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd.
Resonance, HIAM Health, the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture/Texas A&M AgriLife Research
June 2015 – August 2020
In Timor-Leste, many rural communities face poverty, natural resource degradation, food insecurity, and under-nutrition. Smallholder farmers often lack critical agricultural services, inputs, and supplies, and they struggle to access markets for their products. Most are unable to move from subsistence farming to profitable commercial production in order to increase their incomes.
Farmers can increase their productivity and crop quality through access to appropriate agricultural training and to quality farming inputs. Meanwhile, connections to new buyers can help farmers grow their commercial farming enterprises. Together, training, linkages to agricultural inputs, and access to new markets can help farmers improve their livelihoods and food security.
Resonance is a partner on USAID/Timor-Leste’s Avansa Agrikultura project, a horticulture value chain activity that aims to increase productivity in farming, production, processing, and distribution of vegetables, fruits, and legumes. The project works to stimulate and support increased economic activity and growth in targeted rural communities and districts in Timor-Leste. To do this, Avansa Agrikultura focuses on improving production practices; the functionality of farmer groups and associations; market linkages; and access to quality agricultural inputs and services, including access to finance. Resonance provides private sector engagement and market linkage support across key horticulture value chains in order to form meaningful and sustainable connections between farmers, input suppliers, and output buyers.
Resonance supports private sector engagement and market linkage activities through its in-country staff and strategic advisory support. Resonance’s Dili-based team develops and supports agribusiness partnerships between farming communities and input suppliers or output buyers.
Key Resonance activities include:
Resonance’s in-country staff and strategic support have contributed to the high impact of the Avansa Agrikultura project: