Formative research on adolescents nutrition in Timor-Leste

Formative research on adolescents nutrition in Timor-Leste

This formative research was undertaken to help inform culturally appropriate and effective strategies to improve adolescent girls’ and boys’ nutrition, health and related gender social norms in Timor-Leste. 

The purpose of this study is to inform the development of interventions, activities and materials which can support improved adolescent health and nutrition in Timor-Leste. Using multiple methodologies, this unique qualitative resreacrh aimed to better understand adolescents’ nutrition-related experiences, whilst also highlighting social and gender norms which may impact upon these.

The study was led by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Australian Government’s To’os ba Moris Di’ak Program (TOMAK), with support from the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoE). It was carried out with approval from the Instituto Nacional da Saúde (INS) Ethics Committee.

Link to the full study and its summary.



Bonis-Profumo, G. and Meyanathan, S. 2018. Adolescent Nutrition in Timor-Leste: A Formative
Research Study. Dili: World Food Programme (WFP) and TOMAK.

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Gianna Bonis-Profumo
PhD Candidate

Primary research group

Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods


MA Development Studies (Anthropology); Grad Dip Management of Non-Profit Organisations; BA Political Sciences