Moises Lopes, 10, rests after collecting water in the central highlands of Timor-Leste.
His village has benefitted from Mercy Corps programs. Americo Pereira, 45, is a community leader from Mulo. He says that Mercy Corps M-RED program has benefitted the village tremendously. “I’m really thankful and happy for all the things that the Mercy Corps M-RED program has done for us. Before, we didn't have any knowledge of farming techniques, but because of the Mercy Corps intervention, now we understand and know how to use techniques to make sure that we have a good plantation and a good harvest.”
Farming in Timor-Leste depends on the dry and rainy seasons. Because of climate change, the dry seasons are longer and the rains are harder to predict. That leaves farmers with less to feed their families.
Hunger is a serious problem in Timor-Leste, where most families in the rural mountains depend on farming to survive. Mercy Corps is helping farmers manage their own farmers groups, where local communities pull together rather than work alone.