In June 2014, in the framework of the cooperation with the European Commission (EC), Suriname signed the National Indicative Programme (NIP) under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020), for € 13 million, entirely allocated to the Agriculture sector. During its November 2016 meeting, the EDF Committee approved an Action Document (FED/2016/039-784), detailing the main areas that would be covered. The project, initially called Suriname Agriculture Development Project, aims at increased more competitive and safe production of selected crops through an enabling environment and enhanced capacities of private sector and institutions. During preparation of the project, the FAO design team proposed to change the title to Suriname Agriculture Market Access Project (SAMAP) better tailored to its content.
The FAO has been identified by the Government and the EC as implementation partner for the FAO/EU programme, on the basis of its comparative advantage and technical expertise in agriculture development in Suriname working with both public and private sector and having specific competences related to food safety and certification, business development and productive alliances.
The SAMAP project aims at increased, more competitive and safer production of selected crops (particularly fruits and vegetables) through an enabling environment and enhanced capacities of private sector and institutions. Specifically, two main results are expected: a) Increased horticultural production and sustainable market-access achieved for 1000 small-scale farmers and b) Improved food safety capacities and standards achieved for private sector and public institutions.
The project will have three components:
1) Sustainable production and value chain development with three sub-components:
a) Improved market access to market (export) standards for small-scale farmers and agribusinesses with targeted investments and loans;
b) Business and financial management skills for farmers & agribusinesses improved;
c) Quality production supported through introduction of improved technologies and effective extension services to farmers;
2) Strengthening food safety capacities and standards and their application to the private sector, with three sub-components:
d) Inter-institutional coordination, dialogue and legislative and regulatory framework for national food safety standards;
e) national laboratories capacity for food safety monitoring and certification; f) sustainability of food safety investments and enabling environment;
and 3) Project coordination, management and implementation.
The FAO will provide assistance to individual and groups of small-scale farmers to increase productivity and competitiveness using improved technologies and innovative approaches along the value chain. SAMAP will stimulate and support win-win partnerships between small-scale farmers and agribusinesses to ensure sustainable market access. Emphasis will be placed on fruits and vegetables, as well as non-timber forest products (NTFP) and processing of root crops in selected interior communities. The FAO will include strategies that ensure the inclusion of and the strengthened capacities of women, small farmers, youth, farmer groups and cooperatives, as well as strengthening the capacity of extension officers in provision of services related to value creation, marketing and financial management.
The Suriname Agriculture Market Access Project (SAMAP) will enhance sustainable agricultural development, for inclusive growth and employment. The main impact indicator is to increase the level of assets/income of targeted smallholders by at least 15% in real terms.
SAMAP specific objective aims at increased, more competitive and safer production of selected crops through an enabling environment and enhanced capacities of private sector and institutions.
Main results (outcome) of its two component are as follow:
- Component 1 of SAMAP aims at: a) working with at least 1000 small farmers (directly or through farmer groups), of which at least 30% will be women; b) assisting 100 farmer organizations and agri-businesses in improving their market access by achieving quality production and, processing and improved competitive position and c) supporting at least 15 agribusinesses with obtaining a bank loan.
- Component 2 aims at: a) setting up a food safety coordination mechanism for national dialogue to support decision-making and developing food safety standards, in accordance to Codex Alimentarius guidance; and b) enhancing food safety laboratory operations.
The main institutional partners will be the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV, which will be the lead counterpart), the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Finance (National Authorizing Officer), the Ministry of Regional Development, the Bureau of Standards. Additional important non-Government counterparts are the Suriname Business Forum, the Chamber of Commerce, the Agriculture Federation of Suriname, and academic and training institutions.
This project document will be the basis of the project approval by the EU Delegation and signature of a Delegation Agreement between the EU and FAO, which is expected to take place in September. The project is expected to start in October 2017, and will have four-year duration.