The women producer associations, rural youth and technical staff from the public sector in Suriname were the main beneficiaries of actions by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in 2018, which it is hoped will increase the country’s resilience to climate change and strengthen its agribusinesses.

The Caribbean News Service said in a report that the technical cooperation that IICA provided to the Surinamese agriculture sector – focused on technology transfer and the development of production capacities to equip small producers with the necessary tools to access markets and to improve natural resource conservation.

Infrastructural projects such as the construction of water harvesting systems, supported by the Institute and implemented in the previous year, have now enabled a more effective response to prolonged drought events and ensured that more than 200 members of the Maroon indigenous community have access to potable water during periods of low rainfall.

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