The Center for Agricultural Research in Suriname, CELOS, was established in 1967 as a branch of the agricultural college of Wageningen, the Netherlands in 1967. With the independence of Suriname in 1975 the foundation was formally placed under the umbrella of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, followed by the formalization of the statutes in 1967.
Since its inception CELOS has achieved a lot in the field of forestry and agriculture. In the field of agroforestry, biodiversity, community forestry and Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs), various activities have been developed, among others in the interior and with indigenous and maroon communities. At the end of the nineties there was a renewed orientation to the CELOS Management System (CMS), a wood cultivation and harvesting system, set up in the 1970s and now internationally renowned and implemented. In forest classification and re-measurement research, expertise is used in the field of GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. Research is being conducted into integrated agriculture, focusing on the possibilities for mechanized cultivation, agricultural processing and the control of diseases and pests.
Laboratory services are also provided in soil and plant analyses, crop protection, microbiological analyses, tissue culture and wood technology, in addition to the traditional production of “tailor-made” geographical maps with the aid of GIS and Remote Sensing.
The institute’s multi-disciplinary approach to conducting research and the services provided is one of its strengths and makes the CELOS institute unique and unique in the region.