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Activity Reverse Linkage Project between the Republic Of Suriname and Malaysia in Rice Production
Country Malaysia, Suriname
Last update: 11/10/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Nareen Gajadin
Budget US - US Dollar 7,728,000
Project period 01/10/2016 to 01/10/2019
Countries: Malaysia, Suriname 
Email ngajadin@yahoo.com
Summary The Reverse Linkage Project between Suriname and Malaysia in Rice Production’ is a 3-year Project between the Government of Suriname and MARDI Corporation as part of an initiative carried out by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) with the overall goal to enhance the capacity of Suriname in rice production in order to maintain self-sufficiency and increase the export of high quality rice.
Background The ‘Reverse Linkage Project between Suriname and Malaysia in Rice Production’ is a collaborative Project between the Government of Suriname (GoS), MARDI Corporation and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to enhance the capacity of Suriname in rice production in order to maintain its self-sufficiency and increase the country’s capability to export high quality rice. Three Agreements were signed in order to facilitate the implementation of the Project. Activities for the Project started officially on the 1st October 2016 and are planned to continue for 3 years, which will be divided into 6 Seasons (2 Seasons per Year).
Objective The aim of the project is to enhance the capacity of Suriname in rice production in order to maintain self- sufficiency and increase the export of high quality rice.
The objective of the project is to produce high quality rice varieties and increase the rice yield per hectare from 5 to 7 ton. This will be done through:
a. The introduction of new area-specific rice varieties with disease and pest resistant characteristics, together with their appropriate
breeding programs and support systems
b. The strengthening of soil fertility
c. The development of an integrated water management system.
These are considered the 3 pillars of engagement that will be undertaken by MARDI/MCSB to the development the rice subsector in Suriname.
This would go a long way in achieving one of the Bank’s goal of poverty reduction. The increase of the rice subsector will contribute greatly to the overall GDP of the country.


Setup and activities USD 7.728 Million

(Expected) Results - Necessary improvement of varieties, breeding and production methodologies, infrastructures and human resources to maintain Suriname’s long-term self-sufficiency in rice production to cater for the expected increase in per capita consumption in the country.
- The Certified Seed Production Facility in ADRON will transform Suriname into a ‘Centre of Excellence (CoE)’ for neighbouring countries in the CARICOM regional group and IDB member countries.
- Transformed role of the Ministry and the recipient research centre to develop a sustainable and competitive industry, which will benefit directly at least 1,500 farmers and indirectly 5,000 people.
- With the increased rice production efficiency, Suriname can become a major supplier of rice for IDB member countries.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.3 Natural dimension Water
Land/Soils
1.4 Target group(s) 4. Research community
1. Local communities
5. Decision makers/Policymakers
2. SMEs/Private sector
2.2 Production Chain 3. Pest & Disease Control
9. Consumption/Product Use
4. Harvesting
2. Production & Management
6. Processing
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Rice (Oryza)
3.2 Pollution-Environmental Protection 1. Water
Role Person name
Project leader person details Nareen Gajadin