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Resilient Farming in Timor-Leste

Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming.

"Farmers are important, because they are the ones who provide food for the other people," she says. "If there are no farmers, there will be no food."

But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets.

Martine Perret/UN

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