Replenishing the planet, one seed at a time

WithOneSeed is a social enterprise that is taking action on climate change through community forestry initiatives. It works with communities across Australia and Timor Leste to make environments sustainable, to end poverty and hunger, to build knowledge and to create regional partnerships.

WithOneSeed has four commitments


WithOneSeed is developing capacity for subsistence communities to build local economies, participate in environmental education and establish partnerships to produce a more equal and just world.

It’s about climate justice, sustainable practices and achieving climate regulation at local and national levels in Timor-Leste.


Our long-term vision is to build village-based economies using environmental practices that are viable and move beyond subsistence living.

Today, Timor-Leste is an oil/gas dependent economy. This is not sustainable. Planting trees today will allow the country to have viable alternatives tomorrow.

We plan to plant 1,000,000+ trees by replicating the Community Tree Cooperative model across Timor-Leste.

The WithOneSeed model documentation will be made available to other Asia-Pacific countries under Creative-Commons ethos.


Our approach is simple in its theory and application. We’re planting trees and planting ideas. Our innovation comes from the annual incentive payments made to subsistence farmers who maintain the trees. If a subsistence farmer has to choose between planting a cash crop or planting trees that may take 20 years to provide a financial return, the choice is obvious. However, if we can make a cash crop from trees that sequester carbon, the equation is quite different.

xpand Foundation

WithOneSeed is auspiced by the xpand Foundation, a social enterprise committed to an inclusive society that values the sustainable livelihood and happiness of every individual.

Our other initiatives


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A big thanks to Alan Hatcher from Allstaff who provided two new steel flues to replace the old ones for the WithOneBean coffee roaster. You can order fresh roasted, 100% arabica coffee from Timor Leste direct from our small boutique roastery. Coffee for business, coffee for pleasure, coffee for fund raising.

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See where the trees are planted in Baguia, Timor Leste

Click on a flag to get more information on trees planted by farmers as part of WithOneSeed’s community forestry cooperative

Current Statistics

subsistence farmers engaged in planting and maintaining trees
trees planted amd under management
village-based plant nurseries designed and constructed, each with the capability to propagate 10,000 seedlings per year
local Timorese employed to develop the community forestry initiative
Village Learning Centre in Baguia, providing internet access and online learning for the community

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The story of WithOneSeed – Replenishing the planet one seed at a time
WithOnePlanet – WithOneSeed open education
WithOneBean – Coffee with conscience supports Timor Leste
WithOneSeed – Economic participation
WithOneSeed – Regional partnerships

Do you know

TimorDo you know that subsistence farmers in Timor Leste survive on as little as 80 cents a day? The current World Bank poverty threshold is $1.25.

TechnologyDo you know that 10% of the world’s total electricity generation is used by the digital economy?

EnergyDo you know that renewable energy is cheaper to produce than energy from fossil fuels?

TimorDo you know that only 50% of children in Timor Leste complete primary school?

EarthDo you know that worldwide there are 25 hectares of fertile land being reduced to desert every minute?

TimorDo you know that 90% of Australians have the internet, compared to only 1% of our neighbours in Timor-Leste?

EarthDo you know that reforestation improves soil and water quality, reduces soil erosion, and helps to restore natural habitats?

EarthDo you know that more than 46% of the world’s population is now younger than 25 years old?

CO2Do you know that trees play a specific and important role in the global carbon cycle by absorbing carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, storing carbon above and belowground, and producing oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis?

TechnologyDo you know that the average Facebook visit is 20 minutes?

CO2Do you know that the global carbon emissions generated from computer technology (3.7%) is almost as high as emissions generated by the aviation industry (4.2%)?

CO2Do you know that CO2 emissions from global energy consumption reached a record level of 31.6 gigatonnes in 2012?

HealthDo you know that for every 1°C increase above the normal average temperature, there is a 8% increase in diarrhoea related hospitalisations?

EarthDo you know that children are more likely than adults to perish during natural disasters or succumb to malnutrition, injuries or disease in the aftermath?

TechnologyDo you know that 1 minute of YouTube streaming is equivelent to 0.01gm of carbon; that the average YouTube video view is 4 minutes and that there are over 2 billion views a day?