$21 million for the Sustainable Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP) to support smallholder farmers and institutional reform.

GAFSP funding for Timor Leste supports the Sustainable Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP), which will enhance income and food/nutrition security through investments in increasing agricultural productivity, empowering farmers and linking them to markets, strengthening adaptive research and extension institutions, reducing risk and vulnerability, improving non-farm rural livelihoods, and strategic use of technical assistance.


The project will support the completion of 12 District Agriculture Development plans (DADPs).  Matching grants will be provided to about 1,100 farmer groups (equivalent to 16,500 households or 100,000 people) through a smallholder organization development Facility (SODEF) to facilitate learning and agri-business development. In addition, about 110 farmer groups (about 10,000 households and 60,000 people) will receive support to prepare Sustainable Community Agriculture Development Plans.


  • Smallholder organization and agriculture business plan development

The project will strengthen smallholder organizations such as farmer groups, associations and cooperatives to improve farm productivity and market linkages. The project will provide grants to these organizations to support their learning and business plans, as well as conduct training activities.


  • Coordination, Management, Capacity Building and Monitoring & Evaluation

The project will support developing key infrastructure so that extension workers can improve their outreach to farm communities and function as “connectors” between different centers of knowledge of improved farming and marketing practices.  Secondly, it will create and operationalize two new institutions responsible for formulating national policies, overseeing their implementation, and planning additional investment for research, development and extension for major agricultural commodities.  Finally, the project will provide institutional strengthening activities to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries by providing support to design governance plans to promote transparency and accountability, develop and maintain an M&E system, and provide assistance on community oriented water and soil management practices.


  • Watershed Management and Improving Productivity and Incomes

The project will support small-scale community infrastructure and investments for sustainable watershed management and livelihood development.  This includes contour terracing micro-watershed with rock walls and/or vegetated strips with associated diversion and collection of surplus runoff water; building small check dams on streams and gullies to collect small quantities of water for household use; constructing small reservoirs on larger local streams; agro/social forestry, and commercial forestry to prevent silting and for gully protection and environmental rehabilitation; supporting small-scale transport infrastructure; supporting small-scale irrigation and water management facilities; targeting communities with livestock control/management infrastructure; and constructing or procuring grain drying, storage and processing equipment.


  • Participatory District and Community-level Watershed Development Plans

Under the project, community and farmer organizations guided by planners will integrate district and watershed agricultural development plans to define needed investments in physical and financial terms in targeted watersheds.   


More Information


Selected Supervising Entity:

World Bank



  • Mr. Jan Joost Nijhoff, Senior Agriculture Economist/ Task Team Leader, jnijhoff@worldbank.org, +62-21-5299-30392, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. 


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