Promoting organic agriculture: the answer to land degradation and POPs among farmers in the district of Saramacca
Promoting organic agriculture: the answer to land degradation and POPs among farmers in the district of Saramacca
Introducing the concept of” Farmers Extensionists”(FEs) .The FEs will share their knowledge with other farmers and provide technical assistance to farmers operating as a “mobile plant clinic” (Much like the concept of going to a doctor to diagnose an illness). Ultimately the farmers are better equipped to finalize the shift towards organic farming.

Main Project activities
• Training of 10 FEs by international trainers(Mobile Plant Clinic) to identify and diagnose pests
• Training of 10 FEs By international trainers(Soil Food web) in the microbiology of compost and compost tea for fertilization en protection of crops
• Training of a group of farmers(20) by the FEs to share the information above.The group of farmers has already participated in a previous training under the Project "Wroko nanga Koni 'and an 2006 SGP pilot project on composting also implemented by The Caribbean institute(OP3/y1). So these training sessions will be a follow up to the basic training focusing on deepening of basic knowledge.
• Guidance/coaching/on the job training of FEs by local support specialists to provide Feedback to the FEs on their performance/implementation of training.
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Project Snapshot

Stichting Caribbean Institute Human Rights & Sustainable development
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,630.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,500.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Horticulture in the district of Saramacca is primarily a family business activity. Meaning both man and woman work on the field. Indicator: A minum of 2% of the project participants are woman.This figure applies only to those cases where the head of the household is a woman and this person is also full time farmer.
Policy Impact
Objective is to reach as many farmers in the district of saramacca and to train enough FEs to be able to expand the programme to other districts. The Directorate of Research of the Ministry of Agriculture expressedinterest in this approach.
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Hectares of degraded land rest 2
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 10
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 30
Reduction in the amount released into the environment or elimination of POPs through the SGP Kilogram (Kg) of Dieldrin (also called Alvit, Octalox, Quintox with chemical formula C12H8Cl6O) eliminated or release into the environment prevented 10

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator


Hoekstrastraat 5
Paramaribo , Saramacca ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Eric Wijngaarde
597-420030 ext. 238


UNDP Sub-office Paramaribo, Gongrijpstraat 25
Paramaribo, Latin America