Sustainable Agriculture in Timor Leste

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Friends of Same November/December 2007 newsletter

Guest Speaker Ego Lemos

Eugenio (Ego) Lemos is an environmentalist, campaigner and musician. He is coordinator of, and spokesperson for, Hasatil (Hametin Sustainibelidade Agrikultor Timor-Leste or Strengthen

Sustainable Agriculture in Timor L’este) which is a sustainable agriculture coalition or network of local NGOs and farmers’ groups that provides training on home gardens, agro-forestry, soil ecology, alternative health, traditional medicinal plants and organic compost/local and natural pesticides throughout East Timor.

Ego is based in Turiskai, Manufahi. Recently Hasatil was involved in organising a demonstration in support of food sovereignty in Timor Leste and reducing reliance on imports. Ego was also a founder of Permaculture Timor LoroSae (Permatil PTL ) in 1999, which addressed sustainable land use & sustainable development in East Timor and promotes, demonstrates and trains people in ‘Permaculture’. Ego has also been involved in writing a permaculture resource manual.

Ego Lemos is one of Timor’s leading musicians and is involved in a renewal of indigenous music and language, and is lead singer of the band Cinque do Oriente. He spoke recently at a seminar on Agriculture in Timor at Victoria University. He is an inspiring and stimulating speaker and anyone interested in the environment, gardening and food production will find him well worth
hearing.

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