WFP has been present in Timor-Leste since 1999, with brief interruptions in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The UN agency’s work focuses on improving the nutritional status of vulnerable people, particularly pregnant and nursing women and children under age five.
Through a targeted supplementary feeding program, WFP works in line with the Government’s strategic goals to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. With the Ministry of Health and two new local partners, WFP is screening for malnutrition and establishing mother support groups for proper infant feeding practices, hygiene and nutrition.
As WFP focuses on nutrition, monitoring and evaluation and logistics, its overarching goal is to strengthen the Government’s ability to design, plan and manage the entire supplementary feeding program. WFP works closely with other UN agencies to implement its programs in support of health, education, poverty eradication, adaptation to climate change and capacity development.