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Activity Trilateral Project: Support to the Improvement of Upland Rice Cultivation in Suriname
Country Suriname
Last update: 11/10/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Mrs. Ruby Kromokardi
Budget US - US Dollar 302,294
Project period 01/04/2016 to 30/08/2018
Countries: Suriname 
Url lvv.getopensocial.com/node/168 
Email ruby.kromo@hotmail.com
Summary The project is a Trilateral Technical Cooperation project between Brazil-New Zealand-Suriname. The government of the Republic of Suriname, especially the Cabinet of The President has given its unrestricted support to develop innovative practices for intensified cultivation and production of Upland Rice in relation with rural development of the maroon culture of the inner land.
The main objective of this project: Strengthen the Upland Rice Cultivation Techniques in order to improve the production and productivity of the Upland Rice in local communities of Suriname.
Background The government of the Republic of Suriname, especially the Cabinet of the President, has given its unrestricted support to develop innovative practices for intensified cultivation and production of Upland Rice in relation with the rural development of the Maroon Culture of the Inner land (countryside).
The traditional economy of the Maroon Culture is in a transition phase and will be no longer the same in the future. Through a development policy of economic activities the government is creating possibilities in which the Maroon Culture can develop a dignified social security.
A part of the economy of the Maroon Culture is the cultivation of Upland Rice crop for the consumption on a daily basis. Food security has a crucial role in this. The production of food in the Inner land will have the possibilities to make use of new developments of technology.
Farmers, especially women (gender), will be involved in partnership with researchers and the extension service of the Ministry of Agriculture. Some of these groups have already been identified as part of existing upland rice activities and will be trained by the extension service to start their own innovative practices. The technicians from the Ministry of Agriculture will be trained by researchers from Brazil.
This means there will be a focus on the quality improvement in areas with the common 'shifting cultivation' of Upland Rice as the main food.
Objective Main objective: Strengthening the upland rice cultivation techniques in order to improve the production and productivity of the upland rice in local communities of Suriname.
Intermediate objectives:
• Evaluate and characterize upland rice cultivars (4 from Brazil and 3 from Suriname), under favorable conditions of Suriname (plant types; lengths; growing periods; grain quality; resistant of diseases and pests; tolerance of drought and unfavorable soil types and high yield potential).
• Evaluate the effects of rates of N, P and K sowing fertilization on the upland rice grain yield;
• Supporting the practical guidance for upland rice cultivation and training for technicians to have the knowledge to implement innovative techniques.
Setup and activities Contribution of the Government of Brazil
The Government of Brazil will provide the Project with financial resources in the total amount of USD 89.624 (eight nine thousand six hundred twenty-four US dollars). Such sum comprises the funding and the direct execution under the responsibility of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC/MRE), as well as the indirect execution carried out by the Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), described as follows:
Contribution of the Government of New Zealand
As contribution, the Government of New Zealand will assist with a total sum equivalent to USD 45.480 (forty five thousand four hundred eighty US dollars), which will be jointly managed in strict coordination with ABC by means of an financial agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). For approval purposes, the funding will be registered in US dollars, according to the currency exchange rate on the date such resources are formally transferred to ABC. The funding will be provided as follows:
Contribution of the Government of Suriname
The contribution of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries will sum USD 132,650 (one hundred thirty-two thousand six hundred and fifty US dollars).
This contribution will be mainly in-kind, provided by means of assigning a technical staff for the Project and providing the necessary facilities for the activities of the National Program Coordination and its Project Management Unit, in the city of Paramaribo, which includes basic utilities, such as Internet service, electric energy, water supply, telephone line, car with driver, as well as the payment for the services of technical professionals from government institutions, and others. Furthermore, the National Coordinator is expected to be preferably a public servant assigned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. The in-kind support provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries will be related to technical assistance delivered by experts in charge of carrying out the Project.
(Expected) Results • Upland rice cultivation has been strengthened and varieties have been selected to provide the most improved, developed and suitable upland rice production under favourable conditions for Suriname.
• Rates of N, P and K sowing fertilization of upland rice have been evaluated and the proper rate of each nutrient to promote the highest upland rice grain yield has been identified.
• Upland rice cultivation techniques have been demonstrated and strengthened at local and/or national levels in order to train technicians in best practice technical cultivation techniques, knowledge and practical guidance.
• A communication strategy has been developed to promote knowledge exchange to technicians on best practices and overcome main challenges for improving the production and productivity of upland rice production.
• Monitoring, evaluation and technical missions have been carried out to evaluate the project implementation goals.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.4 Target group(s) 4. Research community
1. Local communities
2.2 Production Chain 2. Production & Management
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Rice (Oryza)
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
2.5b Agro-ecology: Altitude zone Highlands
7.1 Suriname-Districts Marowijne
Sipaliwini
Nickerie
Brokopondo
Saramacca
Role Person name
Project leader person details Mrs. Ruby Kromokardi
Role Type Title Download
Project Output Journal (article) output details Genotype Selection & Addition of Fertilizer Increases Grain Yield in Upland Rice in Suriname 980kb
Project Output Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Upland Rice in Suriname 957kb
Project Description Working paper output details Trilateral Project: Support to the Improvement of Upland Rice Cultivation in Suriname 809kb