The United Nations in Suriname, under the leadership of FAO, will tackle the root causes of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.
The United Nations will support the Ministry of Agriculture in developing specific policies and legislations to promote agricultural productivity and food security in Suriname. This will be done within the framework of a regional strategy implemented by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Food and nutrition security: There were significant increases in food prices from 2007-2008, and again from 2010 to the present. High food prices, as well as the world economic/financial crisis have affected all CARICOM Member States, impacting severely on the poor.
Due to this and the region’s dependency on importing food products, CARICOM adopted the Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Action Plan in 2010. The objective is to provide safe, nutritious and affordable food for the sub-region’s inhabitants through improved food production, processing and distribution. This extends to include food safety and a good agricultural public health system.
FAO will support the Ministry of Agriculture in the implementation of the CARICOM Food and Nutrition Security agenda in Suriname.
Healthy aquaculture production: Suriname’s marine waters and coastal areas are under increasing environmental stress from pollution, overfishing, and coastline degradation. Without a proper aquatic animal health management strategy, a sector which makes up 5% of Suriname’s GDP could be affected.
FAO will support the Ministry of Agriculture in the implementation of effective aquatic animal health protection systems. This will minimize the risks from diseases affecting aquaculture production while promoting a sustainable industry.
Strengthening sanitary regulatory framework: FAO will support the Ministry of Agriculture in undertaking a regulatory reform to update modern animal health and production legislation.
Surveillance of influenza A and other viruses: FAO will assist the Ministry of Agriculture in the surveillance of the H1N1 and other influenza viruses prevalent in the swine populations of the country. In the framework of a regional agreement with CARICOM, FAO will specifically assist in strengthening field surveillance and laboratory systems to ensure detection and diagnosis of these viruses found in the pig population.