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Activity Improving Technical and Institutional Capacities for Disaster and Climate Risk Management and Sustainable Agriculture in Jamaica, Guyana and Suriname (ADRM)
Country Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname
Last update: 13/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Iwan Samoender
Budget US - US Dollar 495,000
Countries: Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname 
Url lvv.getopensocial.com/node/139 
Email isamoender@hotmail.com
Summary Caribbean SIDS share common constraints to their agriculture sector arising from the threats posed by both climate and disaster risk. Hurricanes, floods and droughts that have traditionally threatened agriculture producers now combine with new hazards such as rising sea level, increasing air and sea surface temperatures, ocean acidification and increasingly erratic rainfall patterns linked to climate change. The degradation of natural resources such as land, coastal and marine ecosystems linked to both human action and natural processes further compound the vulnerability of the sector.
This project will address the identified needs through (i) supporting the implementation of climate resilient agriculture practices that reduce risk and are socially, economically and environmentally suitable ii) evaluating the performance of the good agriculture practices in order to measure how much loss and damages can be avoided and iii) ensuring functional inter-sectorial mechanisms and planning processes at national level to promote the necessary conditions for up scaling good practices through informed and coordinated policy decision-making and planning processes.
Threats of climate change and disasters, the expected economic and social costs and proposed measures with anticipated costs and the institutional setting to address the threats with inclusion of a gender sensitivity analyses.
2. Practical steps to address frequent natural disasters in the coastal plains and in the hinterland for distinct groups of people (women, man, elderly, etc.)
- Coastal plains: Flooding, saltwater intrusion, drought
- Hinterland: Flooding and drought

3. Outline for a 3-year action with priorities to address ADRM related concerns
Background The SIDS Jamaica, Suriname and Guyana identified common areas in which they want to make progress: the sustainable management of natural resources such as land, water, forest and fisheries as well as building the resilience of livelihoods to disasters and climate change is a key priority. Within that, countries prioritized the implementation of resilient approaches, practices and technologies for enhancing resilience that are gender sensitive and strengthening of the national capacities to reduce the vulnerability of agriculture to climate and disaster risk and promote the sustainable management of the resources on which the sector depends.
The short title is Agricultural Disaster Risk Management (ADRM) project.
Suriname faces effects of climate change in the form of increased drought, flooding, wind as well as salinization due to rising sea-level. The government of Suriname is trying to address these threats through activities listed in the national development plan 2017-2021.

However, in order to identify solutions and better respond to these threats for the agricultural sector, FAO is supporting the Ministry of Agriculture (LVV) in the preparation of an Agricultural Disaster Risk Management (ADRM) Plan. The document will outline effective response interventions and assist in identifying and attributing roles and responsibilities to respond to the effect of natural hazards with particular attention to the gender dimension.
At present the information on the threats, damages and losses caused and relative cost together with potential solutions is scattered amongst various stakeholders.

Two national-level workshops will be held with stakeholders.
Objective The objective is to contribute to reducing the impact of climate-related disasters on agricultural livelihoods and improve household’s food security.

The Agricultural Disaster Risk Management (ADRM) Plan for sustainable agriculture in Suriname will be prepared with 3 sections:

1. A policy analysis section outlining the key threats of climate change and disasters, the expected economic and social costs and proposed measures with anticipated costs and the institutional setting to address the threats with inclusion of a gender sensitivity analyses.

2. Practical steps to address frequent natural disasters in the coastal plains and in the hinterland for distinct groups of people (women, man, elderly, etc.)
- Coastal plains: Flooding, saltwater intrusion, drought
- Hinterland: Flooding and drought

3. Outline for a 3-year action with priorities to address ADRM related concerns
Setup and activities This is part of a regional FAO project.
(Expected) Results Good local practices for climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM) will be identified, evaluated and effectively scaled-up through intersectional mechanisms and instruments in Suriname, Guyana and Jamaica.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 430xx Climate Change Adaptation
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
2.5b Agro-ecology: Altitude zone Lowlands
2.5c Agro-Ecology: Moisture zone 3. Humid
Role Person name
Project leader person details Iwan Samoender