Resource The National Agricultural Innovation Strategy of the Republic of Suriname
Type Policy Paper
Last update: 25/02/2019
Type: Policy Paper
Language English
Year of publication: 2013
Target countries: Suriname
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Summary Suriname has great agricultural potential, but has not been able to exploit it to its full potential. Despite some export successes (fisheries, rice and bananas), decreasing competitiveness has turned Suriname into a net importer of agricultural and food products. In order to reverse this situation, innovation (i.e., the generation, adaptation and exploitation of new knowledge and technology) will be essential.
This agricultural innovation strategy describes:
1. The key innovation challenges and opportunities in the three sub-sectors (agriculture, livestock and fisheries) as identified by the White Papers and other policy documents. They scope the content of the current agricultural innovation agenda;
2. With the exception of rice, the production volumes of most agricultural commodities in Suriname are too small to warrant the generation of own technology. Hence, the proposed innovation strategy is to focus mainly on the import of agricultural technologies and their validation, adaptation, and transfer to farmers; and
3. A set of key reforms needed in the agricultural innovation system in order to substantially improve the implementation of the agricultural innovation agenda. The proposed reforms not only address bottlenecks in staffing and infrastructure (the innovation ambitions very much exceed the present capacity on the ground), but also better coordination and collaboration within the system between different research actors, between research and extension, and between the public and the private sector. Another key reform is the integration of ‘innovation-oriented research’ and ‘extension’ activities into joint agricultural innovation projects, which should foster better collaboration and a stronger orientation on concrete innovation results.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture  
1.4 Target group(s) 5. Decision makers/Policymakers  
2.3 Commodity group Fishery products
Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Rice (Oryza)