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Focusing on the underserved? - Fenny Adeline Zandgrond, Senior Journalist, Ware Tijd, Suriname
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Focusing on the underserved? - Fenny Adeline Zandgrond, Senior Journalist, Ware Tijd, Suriname


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  • 1. ‘THEME 1: WATER AVAILABILITY AND ACCESSFOCUSING ON THE UNDERSERVED?’REGION SOUTH, SURINAMEBY: FENNY-ADELINE ZANDGRONDJOURNALIST; FENNYVD@YAHOO.COM / F.ZANDGROND@DWT.NETIntroduction: Results:Maroons & indigenous people Investments in drainage works ando 20%/100.000 of population other irrigation projects foro Live in tribal communities improved agricultural productiono 60% women Investeringen in ontwateringswerken in 2009 ino Mostly illiterate 2000 US$ 1.829o Still depend on own grown 1800 1600Suriname 1400 1200 1000o Caribbean; 16,5 mln ha. 800 600 346o Agr. Production; 43,000 ha. 400 200 225 0o Appr. 40,653 in coastal area and 0 Regio West Regio Centrum Regio Oost Regio Zuid (binnenland) 2,460 in interiorConstrains: Available funds 2009 in US$: No investment in irrigation/ Donor funds; 7 mln or 22% drainage canals realization No legal title on the land National budget: 1,5 mln or 38% Ad hoc government initiatives realization Outdated farming techniques Sector fund for interior; 262.000 Shifting cultivation or 28% realization Scare water is far from plots Competition with high water Allocation Agr. Sector Funds project Agrarische Ontwikkeling Binnenland consuming gold sector 300 262 Traditional barriers 250 x US$1.000 200 166 175 Alloc. 150 Investment No access to credit funds 100 50 19 4 74 Realization in % 11% 2% 28% High under -investment of uneven 0 2007 2008 2009 spread funds Source : Ye arbook: MinLVVConclusions: Strengthening government spending capacity in agriculture Involve more experts descendants from villages in themodernization of production methods in the territory toovercome social/traditional barriers