7 Responses

  1. Ian Hollingsworth
    Ian Hollingsworth December 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

    It sounds like developing groundwater supplies and food storage would improve living standards.

  2. Abel da Silva
    Abel da Silva December 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you Pyone. This is a very interesting article and I can relate to the story. I’m in Timor now, hope to catch up with you one day 🙂

    1. Pyone Myat Thu
      Pyone Myat Thu January 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Abel, thank you for reading and commenting. It would be most interesting to learn more about the impacts of climatic change (both short and long term) across the different districts and the coping strategies employed by local populations. Look forward to catching up soon!

  3. Joseph Vile
    Joseph Vile November 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for your article Pyone. It would be interesting to add a climate change lens to your ‘hungry season’ analysis. What are Timor-Leste’s climate projections for say, 2050, and what challenges will they present at the local level for rural livelihoods? Could you list any related studies?

    1. Pyone Myat Thu
      Pyone Myat Thu December 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Joe,

      Thank you for your comment. Indeed, Timor-Leste is, and will continue to be susceptible to the effects of climate change. I have yet to explore from this angle, and suspect there are few in-depth studies on this topic. Australian-funded Seeds of Life program has Climate Change Research and they predict Timor-Leste will experience an increase in temperature of 1.5 degree Celsius and up to 10% increase in rainfall in the coming 50 years (have a look at the resources on their website). This will invariably affect local livelihoods, and presumably have varying impacts across the six agro-climatic zones that characterise the country.

  4. Palms Australia
    Palms Australia November 26, 2014 at 11:12 am

    This poses a unique problem for Timor. Development does not just include education and health, but an array of equally important issues. Environmental sustainability is often overlooked. Each nation, indeed each community, experiences its own distinctive concerns and as such, development projects need to have extensive local knowledge, support and expertise. Palms aims to ensure we provide skilled and experienced volunteers across a variety of areas, including environmental sustainability and agriculture.

    1. Pyone Myat Thu
      Pyone Myat Thu December 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Palms Australia,

      Thank you for your comment. As you point out above, environmental sustainability, like other development issues, take on different forms across scales, and an understanding of local knowledge and priorities is essential to any successful development or aid intervention. In Timor, sometimes aid/development organisations are based in major population centres, and their staff head out into the more remote areas for short term observations. They may potentially miss out on the more intricate aspects of local livelihoods that longer term engagement can reveal.

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