Region

Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)

The Nusa Tenggara archipelago including Flores and Timor is one of the poorest regions of Indonesia, and the closest to Australia. The region has an income per head of about one third the average Indonesian level. In 2008, this amounts to about AU$190 per capita per year.

The work of the NTA is undertaken in the province of East Nusa Tenggara which forms part of the archipelago. The province is located to the west of East Timor and north-west of Darwin.

Large parts of the province suffer from water shortages during the lengthy dry season, and most of its inhabitants are subsistence farmers who supplement their incomes with what they can earn from cash crops.