Working together to improve nutrition outcomes in Timor-Leste.

What is the problem?

Despite recent improvements, malnutrition remains widespread in Timor-Leste, in rural and urban communities and across both rich and poor households. Nationally, half of all children under five years are stunted due to malnutrition. Stunting is low height-for-age, a sign of chronic undernutrition reflecting the cumulative effects of long-term nutritional deprivation. The causes of stunting are complex and diverse and not just the responsibility of one sector.

What is Hamutuk?

Hamutuk is an Australian-funded development program based in Timor-Leste which is supporting the Government of Timor-Leste’s priority of combating malnutrition. Hamutuk is bringing together a broad range of partners across sectors, including government and non-government organisations, in an effort to combat stunting in Timor-Leste.

Why is it innovative?

Hamutuk is developing a comprehensive behaviour design methodology, aimed at identifying a range of nutrition promoting behaviours and linking those with behavioural triggers. Hamutuk, in partnership with Catalpa International, is developing an innovative mobile and online platform to leverage the collective effort of its partners to achieve greater results. The platform speeds up the monitoring and evaluation cycle to provide faster insights of interventions that are having the greatest impact.

What is Hamutuk’s goal?

To reduce the prevalence of stunting in children under two years of age by 10% in target sites in Timor-Leste.


Hamutuk is partnering with the Government of Timor-Leste and a range of civil society actors in Timor-Leste. Hamutuk is also working in close collaboration with Australia’s Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Behavioural Insights Unit. The InnovationXchange is proud to be supporting this exciting program.

Government Partners

  • Manufahi – Municipal Administration
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Public Works
  • Ministry of Social Solidarity
  • National Council for Food Security, Sovereignty and Nutrition in Timor-Leste

NGO Partners

  • Alola Foundation
  • Cooperativa Café Timor
  • FAS (Feto Asaun ba Sustenabilidade )
  • GKFM (Grupu Kilbur Feto Malu)
  • Health Alliance International
  • Luta ba Futuru
  • Luta ba Mudanza
  • Marie Stopes International
  • Mercy Corps
  • RHTO (Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan)
  • TOMAK- Farming for Prosperity
  • WaterAid
  • World Fish