November 26, 2015 3:35 PM

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ADRA Timor-Leste is pleased to introduce a new project Kitchen Gardens for Uma Tolu. Beginning in October 2015, the KGUT project has a goal of increasing the food security of 40 households. Jointly funded by ADRA Australia and ADRA New Zealand, the KGUT project is ADRA Timor-Leste’s first project in the agriculture sector. There is strong support for this initiative among local leaders, the Director for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Viqueque as well as among residents of Uma Tolu. Malnutrition is common in rural areas of Timor-Leste and this project provides training and materials for participants to build community gardens to grow a variety of nutritious vegetables. The project is off to a great start with the formation of 5 community garden groups and more than 80 farmers having signed up to participate in the project.