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Timor’s food security monitors collaborate online.

In October, Catalpa wrapped up four days of training with Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries national food security monitoring team. Monitors from all 13 districts of Timor Leste were present, representing 442 villages.

The training program focused on integrating new technologies and bringing the Ministry’s food security monitoring program online with cloud based data sharing and a new web-based version of Catalpa’s monitoring software.

The national food security team were issued with new Apple laptops and trained on how to share food security data over the web, video conference and on various methods to better analyse and report data.

“It is amazing to see what we can do with new technology. It makes what we do so much easier and I feel more connected with our district staff,” said National Food Security Officer Joaninha Amaral.

“It’s been an exciting process of matching the Ministry with the right tools and building software that is tailored specifically for them” said David Roach, Director at Catalpa.

Recording food security information collected from over 442 sucos across Timor-Leste

The Suco Level Food Security Monitoring application records food security information collected from over 442 sucos across Timor-Leste and automatically produces comprehensive reports graphing food security indicators for the country.

The training and the 13 new Apple laptops was supported by the European Union and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.

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By David Roach

David Roach has been working as a project manager and front-end web developer for over 8 years. During this time, he has managed and implemented large scale technical projects with UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, The European Commission, the Asian Development Bank, USAID funded health projects and a range of other local government ministries and international organisations. Read more about David here