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PMO and WFP working together to give awards to the nutrition champions of 2021

Dili – The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) work together to present the Prime Minister’s National Nutrition Awards to the nutrition and food security champions of 2021. The award aims to acknowledge respective communities and community groups that have shown exemplary commitments to improving the nutritional and food security status in Timor-Leste.

This National Award provides financial support of 100,000 US dollars to the winning groups, from the World Food Programme (WFP) with technical support provided from PMO – Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat Movement, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Partnership for Human Development, World Health Organisation, and the UNICEF.

“We’re grateful for the generous funds offered by WFP and the technical support from development partners - both national and international – to help us bring the Nutrition Awards Programme to life,” said H.E. Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak.

“I am pleased to congratulate all the Civil Society Partners, especially the community leaders, youth, women, and farmer groups that won this year’s Nutrition Award, and whose example and presence honours us greatly,” H.E. Matan Ruak added.

“The World Food Programme, is proud to join Timor-Leste’s Government on this important journey. This year’s Nutrition Awards has taught us the critical and important role of health and nutrition in the country’s socio-economic growth and development,” said WFP Timor-Leste Deputy Country Director Ash Rogers.

“Together with the Government and partners, WFP stands ready to support innovative solutions from the communities in addressing food insecurity and malnutrition facing the country’s women and children,” OiC Rogers added.

This year’s applications for the Prime Minister’s Nutrition Awards targeted four categories: Community leaders; Women; Youth; and Farmers Group’s. Community groups in all

villages/regions across Timor-Leste were invited to apply for this opportunity. The winners were selected based on the following criteria: Efforts and creativity to prioritize malnutrition and food insecurity issues; the creativity of solutions using available local resources; and capacity to mobilize external supports.

The award program was officially launched on 09 August 2021, by H. E Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak. Winners will receive certificates and US$10,000 to invest in nutrition and food security initiatives in their own villages and communities.

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For more information, please contact:

Josefina Pereira, WFP Timor-Leste,

Jieun Min, WFP Timor-Leste,