Launched in 2000, Seeds of Life (SoL) is a program within the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). Seeds of Life are funded collaboratively by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Australian Government, through Australian Aid and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
In all farming households in Timor-Leste women play a significant role in farm tasks, including food storage, processing and preparation, planting, weeding, and harvesting of all crops. Notably, women are key contributors in seed production.
When both women and men participate in farming, it assists in the eradication of hunger, provides food security and contributes to the livelihoods of rural communities. Seeds of Life supports the role of women and families in farming and agriculture in Timor-Leste across all its activities.
Presently, more than 4,000 women are involved with Seeds of Life seed production while 37% of Seeds of Life contract growers of certified seed are women. Seeds of Life has a minimum 30% participation quota for women in all its activities.