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Adam Smith International engaged Bridging Peoples on two separate occasions, to conduct applied research to support their agriculture and nutrition program in Timor-Leste. One was a gendered marketplace assessment of four marketplaces in Timor-Leste; the other, in partnership with the World Food Program, contributed to wider formative research, supporting better nutrition among teenagers.

Food sovereignty is a massive issue for Timorese communities. In different ways, these two research projects helped the team to understand some of the necessary interventions for improving the lives of poor farming families, including improving infrastructure and conditions in the marketplace, hygiene in food handling, violence and security in the market, and various other important issues. The gendered marketplace assessment in particular was ground-breaking research, highlighting some of the major issues that need to be addressed for women working in marketplaces, from their own perspectives.


Gendered Marketplace Assessment ENGLISH  TETUN

Adolescent Nutrition in Timor-Leste ENGLISH

“The TOMAK program engaged Bridging Peoples in 2018 to conduct a gendered marketplace assessment of four marketplaces in Timor-Leste. Ably led by Deborah Cummins, Bridging Peoples brought a depth of experience, developing a robust methodology to thoughtfully capture the voices, experiences and aspirations of women marketplace vendors. We greatly appreciated the ease of communication and collaborative spirit of the team, and the resulting research presentations and report are something we can all be proud of.”

Inga Mepham, International Gender Specialist
TOMAK Program (implemented in Timor-Leste by Adam Smith International)