Timor-Leste: Nutrition Profile

Florinda Sose Mali, 33 year old mother of five children under six years of age. Pictured with 10 month old Ivikolau Bore. She is a member of a women's kitchen garden group through CARE's Nutrition Enhancement Project in Maliana, Timor Leste. ©Josh Estey/CARE
  • Timor Leste

    Flag of Timor Leste

  • Population

    1.27 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    206 Thousand

  • % Stunting

    NA Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    NA Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Josh Estey/CARE

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. These consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policy makers in Timor-Leste, where in 2013 an estimated 90,000 children under 5, or 50 percent, suffered from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) and 40 percent of children are anemic.

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Timor-Leste.

  • Reinforce Basic Health Services Activity
  • USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project


For more information, read the Timor-Leste country profile [PDF, 217KB].

Last updated: September 11, 2019

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