In Tetum (the most commonly used national language in Timor-Leste), ‘To’os ba Moris Di’ak’ means ‘Farming for Prosperity’ or for a good life. The abbreviated ‘TOMAK’ is another Tetum word meaning ‘whole’.
TOMAK (To’os ba Moris Di’ak or Farming for Prosperity) is a 10-year agriculture livelihoods program funded by the Australian Government in Timor-Leste. The program works closely with government, NGO and private sector partners to improve agricultural livelihoods, access to markets, food security and dietary diversity in targeted rural areas.
TOMAK’s overarching objective is for rural households to have improved food security and nutrition based on resilient agriculture that is productive and profitable.
TOMAK and partners aim to transform the food system by improving food supply chains (from production to market), enhancing food environments (ensuring nutritious food is locally available), and influencing individual factors such as household dietary practices. Food systems consist of everybody and everything involved in bringing food from ‘farm to fork’.
By 2026, TOMAK will achieve the following three key End of Investment Outcomes:
TOMAK is a broad program, engaging with many aspects of farming life. Our logo is a visual representation of ‘wholeness’ and optimism for a more prosperous future. We can imagine a cluster of houses positioned around a strong village centre, or a family sitting and eating a nutritious meal together. The motif is also reminiscent of patterns in Timorese ‘tais’, a traditional woven fabric often featuring complex, multi-coloured designs.
Whilst green is the favoured colour for many agriculture programs, TOMAK has embraced bold purple hues. Purple reflects the program’s strong commitment to principles of gender equality and social inclusion. It is also the colour of nutritious sweet potatoes grown across Timor-Leste and is featured in tais designs of certain regions.