||The project shall deliver a capacity building program focusing on agricultural production within an agroforestry system. This Program will be designed collectively by both Brazilian and Surinamese stakeholders, and will be thoroughly grounded on the “horizontal approach”, which is one of the main tenets of South-South Cooperation. The program shall, furthermore, set up an Agroforestry Technical Demonstration Unit where theoretical information shall be implemented and adjusted to the Surinamese climate, soil vegetation, economic perspectives and interests. This
unit will allow Surinamese participants to test and adjust the acquired knowledge within a specific Amazonian ecosystem, to a specific end.
The following capacity building courses and activities will cover a wide range of subjects that shall provide the basic building blocks with which the Surinamese technicians can design a Program in Agroforestry systems adapted to their needs:
o Theoretical design of agroforestry systems focused on slash and burn areas
o Technical mission to agroforestry system systems and associates farmers organizations in Brazil
o Seed collection, conservation and, plant propagation.
o Farmers organizations, commercialization and, markets
o Recovery and improving strategies for fallow in slash and burn areas
o Conservation of natural renewable resources and on soil and water management and conservation in the slash and burn areas
o Small scale machinery and irrigation
o Socioeconomic diagnostic document of the slash and burn areas.
o Building extensions materials on agroforestry systems in Suriname
o Communications skills /techniques for rural communities in the hinterland
On the short term, the project would bring benefits to:
Surinamese technicians, who will have their capacities built in Agroforestry Systems Programs suitable for the country hinterland conditions.
On the long term, the project would bring benefits to:
Agriculture producers in the hinterland local communities, who will increase income and have sustainable production system developed.
Research Institutions (e.g. University of Suriname / CELOS) through the access to subject specialists for agroforestry systems
Universities that can have agroforestry modules included in Bachelor’s degrees
College students by training of extension staff in relevant courses offered
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries