UNDP Project aids horticultural farmers in combating climate change

 Photo Credit: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

“The importance of interventions of this type for the UNDP because they embrace and respond to multiple SDGs simultaneously, such as, climate action, no poverty, zero hunger, affordable energy, sustainable cities and communities, decent work and economic growth and partnerships for goals.” – The Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Suriname, Mr. Armstrong Alexis at the handover ceremony for two fully automated protected agriculture structures, and micro-irrigation systems with rain water harvesting infrastructure in Suriname.

Horticultural farmers in the vegetable production belt of Weg naar Zee, in the coastal area of Suriname, were this week in receipt of two fully automated protected agriculture structures, and micro-irrigation systems with rain water harvesting infrastructure. These climate smart technologies and training programmes were financed by the European Union through the Global Climate Change Alliance + (GCCA+) initiative, which is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname.

At the handover ceremony The Minister of Agriculture in Suriname, his Excellency, Mr. Lekhram Soerdjan, also advised farmers “to take special care and pay attention to the types of technology that they aim to invest in for their farms in these times, and they should ensure that any investment in agricultural technology right now, needs to be climate smart or it may not be profitable or particularly useful to them in the advent of climate change impacts.”

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