A 1700 household national food security survey was conducted from November to December, 2005. This survey also included information from 173 key informants, and nutritional information on 1877 children between 6 and 59 months of age. The sample was drawn and analyzed to be representative in each of 5 regions of Timor Leste, as well as in each of 5 VAM zones, which are clusters of districts found, a priori, to be relatively homogenous for several agricultural, economic, and
geographical characteristics. Data collected include demographic information at the individual level, housing and facilities, asset ownership, agricultural practices, income, expenditures, dietary diversity, shocks and coping strategies, maternal and child health and nutrition, and HIV/AIDS knowledge.