Activity (UNDP)Global Climate Change Alliance Suriname Adaption Project “Reducing Farmer Vulnerability to Climate Change Impacts through the Promotion of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies in Suriname”
Country Suriname
Last update: 04/10/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Budget US - US Dollar 266,087
Project period 01/12/2016 to 30/06/2018
Countries: Suriname 
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Summary Climate change related events particularly excessive rainfall events and extended droughts are having a severe impact on agricultural production in Suriname. This project seeks to strengthen the capacity of crop farmers and agricultural technicians in the use and management of protected agriculture and low cost water harvesting technologies to mitigate the negative impacts of erratic and excessive rainfall and extended drought periods. This will be achieved primarily through the establishment of training demonstration units for protected agriculture technologies and rain water harvesting, as well as theoretical and practical sessions on sustainable crop production and agronomy, with emphasis on cultural practices to mitigate the impacts of climate change events. The project will also seek to strengthen cross border collaboration to develop complimentary knowledge areas to build the capacity of public sector institutions for improved service delivery to the agriculture sector
Background In recent decades, the negative impacts of Climate Change have become more apparent with particularly detrimental effects for the agriculture sector. The more common effects for the Caribbean Region have been more intense storms, unusual excessive rainfall events, emergence of pest & diseases & extended droughts many falling outside of the historical periods of their occurrences. These have resulted in severe loss of agricultural productivity, with resulting reductions in household incomes for many farmers and in many cases total loss of ability to sustain their livelihoods. Many of the traditional crops & cropping systems in Suriname do not respond favourably under these erratic weather extremes & farmers for the most part lack the knowledge & technologies to mitigate these impacts. New technologies such as protected structures for crop production & rain water harvesting systems coupled agronomic cultural practices in soil & water management can go a long way in reducing the impact of t5hese extreme weather events but also boost crop productivity & lead to a more sustainable agricultural sector. This project aims to build the knowledge as skills capacities of crop farmers in Suriname in the use & management of protected agricultural structures & rain water harvesting systems for sustainable commercial vegetable production.
Objective Main objective: Knowledge & skills of farmers, agricultural technicians & tertiary level agricultural students increased in the use of protected agriculture water harvesting & irrigation system in response to climate change risk.
Setup and activities Total resources required: $ 266,087
Total allocated resources:
• Grant GCCA + project: $ 175,287.00
• Co-financing: $ 66,600.00
• In-kind contributions: $24,200.00
(Expected) Results • Increased knowledge & skills of farmers, agricultural technicians & agricultural students in the production of vegetable crops using protected agriculture technology to mitigate the effects of climate change (excessive rainfall events, pest & disease, excessive temperatures)
• Increased knowledge & use of water harvesting & micro irrigation technologies by vegetable farmers particularly in the Weg naar Zee area for drought mitigation & ensure year round production.
• Increased sensitization & awareness in the agricultural sector, schools and among national authorities on the actual & potential impacts of climate change, particularly on the agricultural sector & alternatives for adaption and mitigation
• Governance, management & operational processes of producer group Vereniging Belangen Behartiging Weg naar Zee strengthened for improved service delivery to its members
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 410 Environmental protection
430xx Climate Change Adaptation
1.2 Institutional dimension Knowledge Management & Communication
1.3 Natural dimension Climate/Air
1.4 Target group(s) 3. Intermediary organisations
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
Collaborator person details 
Collaborator person details Iwan Samoender
Relation Activity
Project of Programme project details Global Climate Change Alliance+ Flagship initiative