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Mindsets shift at national validation workshop in Suriname

As part of the project Building the Evidence Base on the Agricultural-Nutrition Nexus

November 19, 2015

A rapid country scan on the agriculture-nutrition nexus commissioned by CTA in 2015 provided an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from Suriname's capital, West coast and hinterland to review the policies and programmes addressing national food and nutrition security. This activity is part of a CTA programme aimed at 'Strengthening systems to optimise agriculture and nutrition outcomes (SSOANO).

The findings were presented by Cornelly Olivieira at the National Validation Workshop held on 18 November, in Paramaribo, Suriname. CTA was represented by Dr. Lydia Ori, lecturer in agricultural production at the University of Suriname Anton de Kom (AdeKUS), who had led a 2014 /2015 study on the role of universities in improving food and nutrition security.

About 45 persons participated in the Workshop. Ministries represented included Trade and Industry, Health, Regional Development, and Education. Furthermore, representatives of the Polytechnic College Suriname (PTC), the Suriname Business Forum (SBF) and several NGOs were in attendance. Print and broadcast media covered the event, which was aired in the evening TV news on the same day and will be soon made available on this page.

The workshop is part of the CTA project Building the Evidence Base on the Agricultural-Nutrition Nexus Rapid Country Scans for informing Policy and Practice. So far for this year, CTA has commissioned 18 rapid scans on the agriculture-nutrition nexus in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in addition to the 10 country case studies on the food and nutrition security situation which were commissioned in 2014. The agriculture-nutrition rapid scans and the university food and nutrition security case studies will soon be available as CTA Working Papers. 


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