WFP Timor-Leste Country Brief, September 2017



  • From January 2015 to September 2017, a total of 43,991 children under the age of 5 years and 56,865 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • From January 2015 – September 2017, 338.89 mt of locally produced Timor Vita, a specialized nutritious food for women, and 123.32 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in six municipalities.

  • From January to September 2017, 104 health staff (39 men and 65 women) and volunteers were trained on nutrition, behaviour change and counselling.

Operational Updates

  • WFP supported the conduct of Timor-Leste Strategic Review: Progress and Success in Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 undertaken by local non-governmental organization (NGO) the Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) and John Hopkins University in May 2017. The Strategic Review identified gaps and opportunities for the Government of Timor-Leste, communities and development partners to achieve zero hunger.

  • The National Strategic Review of SDG 2 provided WFP with solid grounds for the preparation of a Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2020, which identified improved nutrition for children under 5, pregnant and nursing women and adolescent girls, as well as capacity building of government institutions on sustainable food supply chain management as key outcomes for the upcoming years. The CSP has been submitted for the WFP Executive Board’s approval in February 2018 with an early release in January 2018.

  • WFP is supporting the Timor-Leste Medical Supply Agency (SAMES) expansion of the online supply chain management system, mSupply. WFP has staff in SAMES’ office and in the field assisting capacity strengthening for SAMES and health facilities for more effective and efficient delivery of specialized nutritious food and general medical supplies to priority districts Ainaro, Bobonaro, Covalima, Dili, Ermera and Oecusse.

  • Between January and September 2017, 104 health staff and volunteers were trained on nutrition, behaviour change communication and/or counselling in Oecusse, Covalima, Dili and Ainaro.

  • WFP’s cooperating partners Alola Foundation and World Vision conducted cooking demonstrations with the participation of 6,026 men and women in Covalima, Oecusse and Dili, and screened 26,000 children under 5 years of age for acute malnutrition.

  • From January to September, health staff have provided 6,284 caregivers with nutrition education and information on how to prevent undernutrition of their children.

  • From January to September, WFP field staff jointly with District Public Health Officers (DPHOs) for nutrition conducted monitoring of health facilities and households to interview beneficiaries enrolled in the programme. A total of 244 health facilities and 348 household were visited during this period. Two joint monitoring missions with Ministry of Health/Nutrition Department staff and UNICEF were conducted in Ainaro and Covalima municipalities to monitor the progress of the nutrition programme, including the targeted supplementary feeding programme for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition.