Activity Training on Cooperative management skills and methodology, Value Chain Analyses and development, business plan development, food safety, for the small-scale fisheries sector in Suriname
Country Suriname
Last update: 07/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details zojindra arjune
Budget US - US Dollar 20,000
Project period 02/01/2018 to 31/08/2018
Countries: Suriname 
Summary The artisanal fishery is an important pillar for the fishing and fish processing industry in terms of production and supply of raw materials for the processing and exporting companies and for local consumption. A poor performance of this subsector has immediate implications for a substantial part of society, in terms of provision of protein, creating jobs and generation of foreign currency. Referring to the marginal position taken by fishermen and fishermen’s organizations it is important that support is given for tangible and intangible benefits.

The principle aims of the Suriname fisheries policy are the conservation of the biological resources of the sea and their balanced exploitation on a long lasting basis and in appropriate economic and social conditions and ensuring that negative impact of fishing on the marine ecosystems is reduced to a minimum.
Background The artisanal fisheries is of significant value to our country in terms of total fish production and the provision of protein and employment for our people. Furthermore, the different types of fishing methods within the artisanal fishery are taking place within the coastal area and estuaries which are acknowledged as the breeding and nursing areas of the fish stocks. Taking a closer look at this subsector, we see that many of the activities including catch, processing and sales are still being carried out in a primitive and less organized way, despite efforts by the government together with partnering countries and organizations to improve the infrastructure and boost organization among the fishers since the 1980’s. This subsector is still impacted by a great dependency on foreign laborers from Guyana, from where the coastal driftnet fishery originated. Overall, there is a significant level of uncertainty for operators due this dependency along with the increased and excessive fishing pressure leading to falling catches per vessel and the increase of exploitation costs.

On the community and national level, fishers in Suriname are not yet very well organized. There has been some improvement the last ten years with the establishment and the role of the Fishers Collective and improved policy of the government to include fisher’s organizations more in decision making. This intention is endorsed in the fisheries policy and the FMP. The fisher’s collective is part of the deliberation council for marine affairs.

On the regional level, the project “Enhancing food security from the fisheries sector in the Caribbean: Building the capacity of regional and national fisher folk organization networks to participate in fisheries governance and management” was carried out. This project, funded by the European Union Europe Aid Program and was implemented over a four year period (2013 ‐ 2016). The project was implemented by CANARI in partnership with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Panos Caribbean, in association with the Caribbean Network of Fisher folk Organizations (CNFO) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) received a €1,032,099 grant from the European Union, via its Europe Aid programme, to improve the contribution of the small-scale fisheries sector to food security in the Caribbean. The activities were aimed at the building the capacity of regional and national fisher folk organization networks to participate in fisheries governance and management.

Further, on national and community level, 5 separate fishers organizations have been formally established within the ongoing project “The strengthening of fishers associations c.q. cooperatives within the artisanal fishing communities Galibi, Commewijne, Paramaribo, Boskamp, Coronie and Nickerie” in partnership with WWF Guyanas and the Dutch Embassy in Suriname. The outputs include the formation and formal establishment of an overarching fisher’s organization. Based on the information of the organizations we have identified the need for support in the areas of leadership and participation, management and organizational skills, as well as diversification, value adding, alternative livelihoods and quality control.
Objective Small- and Medium scale fishermen and their families (wife and children) need targeted education to become better businessmen/women and to strengthen their respective cooperative. It is necessary to implement a training program in the field of business planning, administration (planning and management), in practice, on food safety and quality issues related to fishery products.

Training of board members and members of the fisheries cooperatives. Therefore we choose to focus to embed management methods, skills and knowledge to execute the role and duties of a Fishermen’s association in representing the interests of its members. Development of the (local) fishery value chain management systems to meet food safety and quality responsibilities that will enable fisherman/women to increase their income to enable opportunities to further develop their companies
Setup and activities World Wildlife Fund Guianas: USD 20,000.00
(Expected) Results Building capacity of the Board members and leading members of the fisher’s cooperatives on fishery association management practices, effective gender-sensitive member representation and extension services, fishery value chain development and entrepreneurship. As result of the training, participants will be able to represent the interest of the association’s members towards other stakeholders in the chain and develop in the fishery sector in Suriname. This training will strengthen the knowledge and skills of the board members and leading members to explain and implement the concepts of:
 Skills and Methodologies to manage a fishery association.
 Representation of members’ interest.
 Sustainable Development activities in Suriname Fish Value Chain.
 Sustainable Entrepreneurial Development.
 Develop strategies, Awareness Creation and Critical Thinking.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 120 Health
110 Education
313 Fishery
43040 Rural Development
1.2 Institutional dimension Knowledge Management & Communication
3.2 Pollution-Environmental Protection 4. Human health
Role Person name
Project leader person details zojindra arjune
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Project Description Project report output details Proposal training visserscooperaties 2018 153kb