Suriname : market access support to SURIVIT for their processed products

Surivit, a Surinamese company specialising in fruit and cassava processing, produces cassava flour, baby porridge, cassava pancake mixes and cassava flakes both for local use in Suriname and for export markets. SURIVIT works with a total of 38 local outgrowers located all over the country, including the women’s cooperative Wi! Uma fu Sranan (WUFS – “We the women of Suriname”), an organisation that aims to improve the living standards of female producers.

Since 2021, Surivit has worked to develop a social enterprise business model, with a particular focus on economic sustainability. Effective organisation of supply and market expansion to maintain sufficient cash flow will be essential. To support Surivit in reaching this goal, COLEACP’s Market Insights Service is conducting an Export Marketing Plan, as a pilot project. The project will focus on pancake mix (natural cassava flour and banana/pumpkin flavoured) and will seek to identify market opportunities in the EU and the US.

The Export Marketing Plan will contribute to the overall objective of the FFM SPS programme: to reduce poverty, improve food security and safety, and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth by strengthening the agri-food export sector in ACP countries. Based on the outcome of this project, additional support in terms of technical assistance and capacity building may be provided.

Surivit’s mission

Surivit N.V. believes that robust economic development in the interior of Suriname should come from the establishment of private businesses that deliver sustainable and profitable high value end products, whilst directly and tangibly improving the health, living and income standards of the population.

Surivit N.V. is the processing facility which is turning dreams into reality. The company is meaningfully employing women while educating and empowering them to learn all aspects of producing, value adding, food safety, marketing and distribution of their healthy products to the masses.

This activity is supported by the Fit For Market SPS programme, implemented by COLEACP within the Framework of Development Cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union.