Activity Food and nutrition security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability, Transformation (FIRST)- Suriname
Country Suriname
Last update: 10/10/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Soenita Rosan
Budget US - US Dollar 200,000
Project period 01/11/2017 to 31/12/2019
Countries: Suriname 
Summary The FIRST support in Suriname focuses on strengthening capacity of key stakeholders to implement the national Food & Nutrition Security (FNS) Agenda. This addresses food availability (production/ import), food accessibility (distribution), food utilization (lifestyle, quality) as well as sustainability (climate change and other risks).
Stakeholders include a wide range of ministries, farmers organizations, private sector, civil society, academia as well as development partners. The project will develop an institutional mechanism at high- and program level, strengthen capacity for strategic planning, workgroup facilitation, Information & Knowledge Management as well as M&E and Learning.
The project is funded by the EU and implemented by FAO together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV).
Background About 815 million people still suffer from chronic hunger. The human, social and economic costs to society are huge in terms of lost productivity, health, well-being, decreased learning ability, and reduced fulfilment of human potential. The food price crisis in 2007–2008 and the subsequent period of food price volatility sparked a global rethink on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA).

The ‘Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST)’program is a global effort of funded by the EU and implemented by FAO in 32 countries. FIRST provides policy assistance and supports capacity development at country level to improve food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture in selected countries and sub/regional organizations. FIRST is funded by the European Union and implemented through FAO and currently active in 32 countries.

During recent years, governments have increased their commitment to achieve food security and nutrition for all. Sustainable Development Goal 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” is at the heart of FAO and EU mandates. The EU invests nearly €8 billion in over 60 countries during the 2014–2020 period to improve FNSSA. FIRST is a strategic partnership between FAO and the European Union (EU) to create an enabling policy and institutional environment so investments by governments, EU, and other partners have a tangible and sustainable impact.

Suriname depends to a large extent on imports for its food supply, some 8% of the population is undernourished, 24 % of women have iron deficiency whilst 25% of the population are overweight. This poses short and long-term challenges for the National Food & Nutrition Security (FNS).

In 2015, the Government of Suriname with the support of FAO, prepared the FNS policy for sustainable improvement of the production, access and consumption of adequate and healthy food.

The FNS agenda deals with cross-sectoral themes such as sustainable agricultural, employment, health, education and social programs and distinguishes 4 components:
a) ‘availability’ focusing on sustainable agriculture production
b) ‘accessibility’ addressing infrastructure, employment, safety nets
c) ‘utilization’ including lifestyle education and food safety
d) ‘sustainability’ relating to all threats including economic shocks and climate change

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAHF/ LVV) requested FIRST to support the implementation of the FNS-Agenda, which was granted for the period 2018-2019.

Project outline and structure:

Components of FIRST- Suriname are:
a) developing an institutional mechanism at high- and program level
b) strengthening capacity for strategic planning
c) multi-stakeholder workgroup facilitation
d) Information & Knowledge Management as well as e) M&E and Learning.

A systematic approach is promoted with attention for all steps of the production- consumption value chain whilst engaging key stakeholders including producers, private sector, Ministries and other government agencies, civil society, academia and development partners. For each step, policies, programs and solutions will be identified to address the challenges. This requires coordination of cross-sectoral policies and programs, multi-stakeholder dialogues, research and investment by government and the private sector
Objective FIRST -Suriname aims to build capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV) and key stakeholders to implement the national Food & Nutrition Security (FNS) Agenda.
Setup and activities FIRST Suriname is part of the global FIRST program which is supported by the European Union and implemented by FAO
(Expected) Results - An institutional mechanism for governance and coordination with a high-level steering committee, a technical coordination group and multi-stakeholder groups for key areas of the 4 pillars implementing the F&NS agenda in a systematic manner.
- A coherent policy framework for food and nutrition security, fostering multi-stakeholder interaction and synergies, identifying bottlenecks along the production-consumption value chain whilst providing guidance for investments, research and policies.
- Strengthened capacities of the government and national stakeholders for planning, monitoring and implementing the FNS agenda and using Information & Knowledge Management tools to improve the F&NS situation.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 430xx Climate Change Adaptation
420 Women in development (WID)
311 Agriculture
120 Health
1.2 Institutional dimension Organizational change & learning
Policy Development
Knowledge Management & Communication
1.4 Target group(s) 4. Research community
2. SMEs/Private sector
5. Decision makers/Policymakers
3. Intermediary organisations
6. General public/Opinion makers
2.2 Production Chain 9. Consumption/Product Use
7. Marketing
3. Pest & Disease Control
8. Quality Control
5. Storage
2.3 Commodity group Fishery products
Food crops
Role Person name
Project leader person details Soenita Rosan
Role Type Title Download
Project Output Presentation (video, TV, radio, interview) output details Information and Knowledge Management for Food & Nutrition Security (FNS) in Suriname 1,942kb
Project Output Policy Paper output details Analyse van de Voedsel & Voedingszekerheid agenda in Suriname 3,081kb
Project Output Policy Paper output details Country Diagnostic Assessment and Recommendations for Food & Nutrition Security (FNS) in Suriname 4,132kb
Project Description Policy Paper output details Food and Nutrition Security Policy Framework Suriname 3,671kb
Project Output Web resource, Knowledge resource output details LVV Project Directory, Overview of all closed, proposed and ongoing activities 778kb
Project Output Web resource, Knowledge resource output details webGIS application of landuse in Suriname