Disaster Risk Reduction in Timor Leste

Date Publish: 
04/23/19
Region-Country: 
Timor-Leste

In the hamlet of Heda, alternating floods and droughts have left farming families with little access to food, contributing to malnutrition and depriving households of additional income. This scenario is common throughout Timor-Leste, where heavy rains and hilly terrain make communities increasingly vulnerable to floods, landslides and river shifts, resulting in decreased agricultural production, damage to infrastructure and property, and loss of livelihoods. IOM's response, supported by USAID/OFDA has been to work with at-risk communities like Heda to provide farming alternatives in the face of recurrent, localized disasters.