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One Fifth of Timor Needs Food Assistance: UN Report

tions to help provide Timorese farmers with the best information and assistance."

The cereal deficit in 2007/08 (April/March) is estimated at 86,000 tonnes. With commercial imports anticipated at 71,000 tonnes, including an expected Government purchase of 16,000 tonnes for a national strategic food reserve, there remains a cereal deficit of 15,000 tonnes that will need to be bridged through international food assistance.

The FAO/WFP report also noted that the severe food crisis earlier this year, with commodity price hikes and the virtual disappearance of rice from the market, highlighted the need to improve food security policies, strategies and implementation mechanisms.

In addition to those affected by crop failure, Timor also has nearly 100,000 internally displaced people living in Dili or with relatives in the districts as a result of the political crisis that began in 2006. The IDP households have been supported with food assistance since May 2006. n view of the needs in Timor, UN agencies will be seeking funding for critical agricultural inputs and food assistance.


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