Activity Cassava Industry Development Market Assessment and Technology Validation and Dissemination (UPDATE)
Country Suriname
Last update: 15/10/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Chanderdew Kesharie
Budget US - US Dollar 1,200,000
Project period 01/03/2016 to 01/02/2019
Countries: Suriname 
Summary Cassava Industry Development –Market Assessment and Technology Validation and Dissemination
The TCP will result in revised and new FBDGs to support the Suriname population on choosing, preparing and eating healthy foods; Focus group sessions, in depth interviews and training of field workers to pilot-test the revised FBDGs; analyses of the results and refining of the messages as necessary; Food guide graphic designed, pilot-tested and finalized according to communication and behavioral change principles and best practices; A set of FBDGs dissemination materials (i.e. brochures, booklets technical document, posters, educational materials; A multi-sectorial plan to implement the FBDGs drafted in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Benificiary countries: Suriname, Belize, Trindad and Tobago
Background In this regard, CDB is supporting BMCs in the following key areas:
(a) agricultural research and development, stakeholder capacity building and information dissemination.
(b) measures to build The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has an annual food import bill in excess of four billion United States dollars (USD 4 bn) with imports nearly doubling over the last ten years. A high percentage of these imports are semi-processed and highly processed staples. Two of the top ten imports by value are corn and wheat flour which combined account for approximately 10% of the Region’s food import bill. High rates of consumption of processed foods have been linked to an increase in the incidence of diet-related, non-communicable diseases (hypertension and diabetes) across the Caribbean.

Regional agricultural support institutions, including the CDB, are committed to supporting the Region in pursuit of these policy objectives by facilitating the provision of public goods, and creating an enabling environment to facilitate the operations of private sector interests.
resilience against the projected impact of natural hazard events- including those associated with climate
(c) support systems for small farmer risk management and transfer mechanisms

Objective improved crop management practices that increase cassava yields in a sustainable manner.
(b) disseminate new cassava production technologies using farmer participatory extension methodologies.
(c) strengthen their capacity to conduct farmer participatory research.
(d) assess the market potential for cassava and its by-products.
(Expected) Results Activities are the following:
-practical field demonstrations, to conduct applied research cassava production using improved varieties- high yielding, early maturing, disease and pest resistant and assess the market potential for cassava and its byproducts.
-conduct applied research in cassava production using improved varieties - high yielding, early maturing, disease and pest resistant - sourced from agricultural support institutions in Colombia (CLAYUCA) and/or Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA) Brazilian Corporation for Agricultural Research. These research stations have long-standing experience in the development of cassava varieties suitable for tropical conditions. CLAYUCA is an affiliate of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) which has global responsibility for the improvement of cassava.

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Contact: Chanderdew Kesharie; Email: kesharie@live
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
2.2 Production Chain 6. Processing
9. Consumption/Product Use
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Cassava (Manihot)
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
2.5b Agro-ecology: Altitude zone Lowlands
Role Person name
Project leader person details Chanderdew Kesharie
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