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Activity Proposed: Support for the reduction of postharvest losses in yard long beans and papaya in Suriname
Country Suriname
Last update: 11/06/2018
Countries: Suriname 
Url lvv.getopensocial.com/node/134 
Email Grace del Prado: Email: g_delprado@hotmail.com
Summary This project will measure losses at the field level, pilot the implementation of good post-harvest management practice to manage quality, assure safety, reduce losses and add value in two prioritized fruit supply chains, and measure the impacts of the interventions. Simple, practical, and appropriate post-harvest technologies and post-harvest management practices will be introduced and piloted with stakeholders. Successes, failures and lessons learnt through the implementation of the pilots will be analyzed, documented and disseminated. Extension brochures, specific to the two crops addressed, will be produced for widespread dissemination across the country.This project will measure losses at the field level, pilot the implementation of good post-harvest management practice to manage quality, assure safety, reduce losses and add value in two prioritized fruit supply chains, and measure the impacts of the interventions. Simple, practical, and appropriate post-harvest technologies and post-harvest management practices will be introduced and piloted with stakeholders. Successes, failures and lessons learnt through the implementation of the pilots will be analyzed, documented and disseminated. Extension brochures, specific to the two crops addressed, will be produced for widespread dissemination across the country.
Background Post-harvest losses in Suriname are largely the result of improper handling, transportation and packaging, poor storage and weak basic and post-harvest specific infrastructure, and result in seriously diminished returns to producers and limiting opportunities for trade. An underlying cause of these losses is the limited awareness and knowledge base of stakeholders in the traditional supply chains where these losses occur. Improving postharvest storage infrastructure and introducing and enforcing grades and standards for agricultural produce are among the main challenges for agriculture, particularly for intra- and extra-regional trade. Suriname has identified post-harvest loss reduction as one of the priority areas for FAO cooperation in relation to strengthened application of technology innovation, research and development.Post-harvest losses in Suriname are largely the result of improper handling, transportation and packaging, poor storage and weak basic and post-harvest specific infrastructure, and result in seriously diminished returns to producers and limiting opportunities for trade. An underlying cause of these losses is the limited awareness and knowledge base of stakeholders in the traditional supply chains where these losses occur. Improving postharvest storage infrastructure and introducing and enforcing grades and standards for agricultural produce are among the main challenges for agriculture, particularly for intra- and extra-regional trade. Suriname has identified post-harvest loss reduction as one of the priority areas for FAO cooperation in relation to strengthened application of technology innovation, research and development.
Objective The project will contribute to strengthening capacity within the post-harvest sector to contribute to food security and nutrition, and trade by improving produce quality and safety, and reducing post-harvest losses. These actions will contribute to enhancing the income of farmers and particularly women who are actively engaged in post-harvest activities. (The project aims to further implement the results for Suriname from the regional PHL project).
(Expected) Results All actors along the food chain for papaya and long yard beans adopt to some extent the calculated PHL for these crops
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.4 Target group(s) 4. Research community
2. SMEs/Private sector
2.2 Production Chain 4. Harvesting
5. Storage
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Beans (Phaseolus)
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
Role Person name
Support staff person details Soesila Udit-Ramautar