AMSAT International conducted a baseline survey in 2011 in Timor-Leste as part of the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The survey focused on the coastal small-scale fishers and coastal communities of Timor-Leste.
The RFLP programme is operating in six South and Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vietnam with the outcome: strengthened capacity among participating small-scale fishing communities and their supporting institutions towards improved livelihoods and sustainable fisheries resources management. For Timor-Leste this programme outcome will be achieved through delivery of five outputs at the national level: (i) co-management mechanisms for sustainable utilization of fishery resources, (ii) improved safety and reduced vulnerability for fisher communities, (iii) improved quality of fishery products and market chains, (iv) diversified income opportunities for fisher families, and (v) facilitated access to micro-finance services for fishers, processors and vendors.
The baseline survey in Timor-Leste was conducted in five districts (Baucau,Dili, Bobonaro, Covalima and Oecussi) covering specific subdistricts chosen as program areas for the RFLP in Timor-Leste.
In parallel with the Baseline Survey, AMSAT International also conducted a separate survey on Fish and Animal Protein Consumption.