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Cardno Featured in Agrilinks: "Catalyzing Entrepreneurship to Address Market Gaps in Timor-Leste"

Life in rural Timor-Leste provides few opportunities for employment. For Domingos, this meant leaving his young wife, Zelia, and son in their remote village of Hatu-Udo to work on sporadic road construction projects for little pay in unfavorable conditions.

This story and Cardno International Development's approach to agricultural entrepreneurship are now featured on Agrilinks.

Part of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative, Agrilinks is the agriculture, food security, and international development professionals' information hub. 

USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project, implemented by Cardno, is helping farmers transition from subsistence farming to commercial farming. Before Cardno’s intervention, farmers in the targeted communities mainly grew rice, coffee and cassava - customary, known staples. The few farmers growing vegetables used traditional methods with questionable seeds, rarely applied fertilizer, and spent five to six hours a day watering their gardens. Farmers consumed most of what they grew, and had few opportunities to increase their incomes by selling surplus produce at markets.

USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project is making significant strides to help farmers transition to commercial farming, acquire quality inputs, apply good agricultural practices and improve access to markets.

Read more about how Cardno is helping to address this gap, as featured on Agrilinks, by clicking here