Marie Callebaut


Naam: Maria Callebaut
Afdeling: Bosmanagement
Functie: Scientist (researcher)
Indiensttreding: 2002


Marie Callebaut

  • 1978-1983: KU-Leuven, Belgium
  • Agronomist (ir.), (water management, mechanization, farm construction)
  • 2016-2017: University Ghent-VIB-IPBO-UNIDO, (distance learning)
  • Attending the 1 year master after master study (distance learning):  Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology (I already passed the examination of the 7 modules in June 2017), 2017- 2018 (did not finish my final assignment)

Working experience before 2002

January 1992 –Juli 2002:
  • Representative of the Flemish Organization for Development Cooperation (VVOB) in Suriname. Responsible for: application of project cycle management for the cooperation projects with vocational training institutes and schools, departments of the Faculty of Technology of the AdeKUS, national companies; budgets; management of the local secretariat; HRM; reporting
1986 – 1992:
  • Part time teacher Biology and Organic Chemistry at the local vocational school
May 1985 –  April 1995:
  • Lecturer for the courses Tillage (main course), Technical Skills, Population Dynamics, Cultivation of horticultural crops, Agro processing (physical processes) with the Agriculture Department of the AdeKUS;  assistant coordinator agronomy; member exam committee; secretary of the working group agricultural research; secretary of the Board of the CELOS Foundation
December 1983 – April 1985:
  • Member of the subsidy project team Energy Saving Measures of the Belgian Federal Department of Agriculture (isolation materials for stables; temperature control for protected agriculture constructions; testing tractor power)

Recent research topics

The feasibility and sustainability of mechanized cultivation techniques and systems with cassava and annual crops (soybean, corn, peanut and upland rice) on sandy soils. Initiator of the CELOS cassava field gene banks developmentCharacterization of cassava gene bank accessions in field experiments compared to traits of known varieties while varying cultivation techniquesConservation and propagation of good quality plant genetic resources of annual key food crops in communities (Brokopondo, Marowijne, Para) in in situ and ex situ fields

Research experiences and services rendered to community

March 2014 – at present:
  • Functioning as coordination team member and researcher for the agro biodiversity project in three pilot traditional communities, Conservation of agro biodiversity and providing communities key crop planting material, sponsored by the GEF - Small Grants Program and the Alcoa Foundation (publication development after signing FPIC contracts and with consent of the villages)
July 2014:
  • Field work and reporting on the two year cassava field experiment, Agronomic traits of four cassava accessions compared to the Colombian variety CN6740-7
2010 – at present:
  • Coaching the managers of the CELOS cassava field gene bank and the gene bank database, respectively, and the researcher implementing the field and lab experiment regarding locally produced cassava root and leaf as components for broiler feed
November 2002 – at present:
  • Disseminating knowledge regarding cultivation techniques to farmers, other agri-business stakeholders and students approaching CELOS for information
September 2019:
  • Support data gap filling National Survey Soil Biodiversity, CBD, Coordination environment.
November 2018 – May 2019:
  • Functioning as organization Focal Point for CELOS (certificate Basic skills) in the IKM team of the LVV – FAO FIRST FNS Project; responsible for quality of online content in the repository and social media platforms
July 2018 – February 2019:
  • Functioning as substitute CELOS member of the Working Group to monitor and support the compilation contractor for the 6th  National Report on Biodiversity
August 2018:
  • desktop study for the formulation of CELOS feedback regarding allowable percentage of THC (Cannabis), DNA question regarding adaptation of the draft law on narcotics
June – August 2018 and January 2020:
  • Developing the project dossier: Development of a climate change resilient cultivation system model for communities in the Surinamese savanna region, based on permanent cultivation and efficient water management. The feasibility and sustainability of mechanized cultivation techniques and systems with cassava and annual crops (soybean, corn, peanut and upland rice) on sandy soils. Expected sponsor: India
March 2016 – 2017:
  • Representing CELOS in the National Biosafety committee (in formation at that time)
Nov. 2014 – February 2017:
  • Supporting the implementation of the Agricultural Policy Program – component 2 in Suriname (CELOS contract granted by CARDI; 10th EDF)
June - July 2012:
  • Formulating the research project proposal on demand by the State Oil Company, Assessment of sugarcane cultivars on sandy soils; Phase 1: Assessment at the CELOS experiment station of Tijgerkreek West, Saramacca
March – December 2012:
  • Functioning as co-researcher and co-author on demand by the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), Roadmap study for the 2nd best energy crop for the production of biofuels – phase 1; fact sheets of cassava and sweet sorghum; supporting phase 2, identification of related field experiments
Sept. 2009 – September 2011:
  • Coordinating the project Support for the development of cassava cultivation and production in Suriname; Scientific and Technical Cooperation Project between Brazil and Suriname (implementing institute CELOS)
Period 2008 – 2009:
  • Performing a desktop study on demand of the State Oil Company and participate in the initial identification committee Field experiments with sugar cane varieties in three potential cultivation regions of Suriname
October 2008 – August 2009:
  • Coordinating the service project CELOS – Embassy of the Netherlands in favor of primary and secondary schools, Development and implementation of the CELOS Technological Vitrine
July – December 2007:
  • Functioning as organizing committee member for the National Energy Symposium Suriname, FTEW - IGSR - INTEC - CELOS
November 2006:
  • Facilitating the identification process for the development of the VLIR-AdeKUS UOS project 5  
August 2006 – 2010:
  • Coordinating the development and maintenance of the CELOS cassave field gene banks at Phedra, Leysweg and Tijgerkreek West; seed money from the R&D fund of the University and continuous financing by CELOS; based on the written project proposal  Support of the development of the Surinamese cassava processing sector through the development and maintenance of cassava field gene banks
March 2003 – December 2006:
  • Coordinating the CELOS Cashew field experiments on marginal soils (brown sand and white leached out soils at Phedra and Powakka in the savanna region, bauxite mined out soils at Coemotibo in the coastal plain)
April 2004 – January 2006:
  • Formulating and implementing the CELOS feasibility study regarding the mechanized cassava cultivation field experiments in the savanna region to produce cassava starch, on demand by the local Kersten Concern and a Dutch company
March 2016 – 2017:
  • Representing CELOS in the National Biosafety committee (in formation at that time)
March 2004 – February 2005:
  • Functioning as secretary National Cashew Board
November 2002 – March 2006:
  • Functioning as coordinator of the CELOS soybean, corn and upland rice mechanized field experiments in the savanna region (Phedra)

Recent Lecturer experience

2005 – at present:
  • Functioning as part time lecturer responsible for the course on ‘agricultural mechanization’ for BSc students at the Anton the Kom University in Suriname (AdeKUS) (tractors, fuels, energy, work and power; agricultural machinery; mechanized cultivation techniques; links between tillage, soil structure and crop performance; minimal or zero tillage; sustainable mechanized cultivation systems)
2004 – at present:
  • Functioning as mentor of some students (different levels) for their practicals, internship or thesis at CELOS
January – February 2018:
  • Supporting the module Research Design of the IGSR MSc Research Methods regarding Experimental Research Design


Dutch: Native
English: Good in both writing and speaking
French: Moderate in speaking and writing
Spanish: Good in written texts understanding; moderate in writing
English: Good in both writing and speaking
Portuguese: Good in written texts understanding
Sranan Tongo: Moderate in speaking

Attended trainings, study tours and conferences

  • IKM training as a focal point for CELOS within the LVV – FAO FIRST FNS Project. Nov. 2018-May 2019 including activities with stakeholders and the Masterclass and awareness raising workshop: From data to knowledge for development. May.
  • CELOS 50 year jubilee seminar. October 2017 (2 days); my power point presentation on results of the CELOS cassava dry matter field experiment.
  • International Training and Study Tour on Technology Advances in Agricultural Production, Water and Nutrient Management in the USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Washington). Organized by IFDC. 22 August – 03 September
  • Training Management and leadership skills for heads of departments of CELOS, Symbiont Consultancy. June 2015 – February 2016
  • The 51th conference of the Caribbean Food Crop Society, Paramaribo;  my poster presentation regarding the project Agronomic traits of four cassava accessions compared to the Colombian variety CN6740-7
  • Training 10th EDF APP - component 2 project, CARDI, Port of Spain
  • Modern breeding techniques cassava; University Ghent. October.
  • Accreditation training, Agriculture department, AdeKUS
  • Caribbean Week of Agriculture, Paramaribo; my poster presentation regarding the project idea ‘Development of agrosilvipastoral systems’. October
  • Workshop, training Knowledge on Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008, DNV
  • Workshop, training Inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and related land use through the use of the ALU software tool, Ministry of Labor, Technology and Environment (MLTE}
  • Caribbean Week of Agriculture, Guyana. October.
  • Workshop, training Data gap fill for greenhouse gas emissions Suriname, ALU software, MLTE
  • Train the trainers, Capacity building for agriculture sector in Suriname, Value chain development, Paramaribo; presentation of my formulated idea  Surinamese dairy sector value chain, Pro-invest EU-ACP project
  • Training, Biostatistics and using R, Paramaribo; NZCS/CMO-AdeKUS sponsored by CBN-Tropenbos International Suriname
  • Workshop, training ALU software: a tool for inventarisation of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and other related landuses, MLTE
  • Training, Introduction to R, applied data modelling, Computer centre AdeKUS Paramaribo, VLIR-AdeKUS-project 2
  • Network meeting Reunión Conjunta de las redes Producción Animal y Sistemas ágricola, Forestal y Pastoril, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; my Surinamese context presentation; Procitrópicos, IICA 
  • Writing seminar for scientists, Lecturers L. De Wachter, R. De Bies; VLIR-ADEKUS-project 2
  • Study tour Sugar Cane cultivation and processing in São Paulo, Brazilië; member of the Surinamese delegation of State Oil Company
  • Network meeting Taller Internacional Integración Tecnológica para Desarrollo Sabanas, El Tigre - Anzoátegui, Venezuela; my presentation of the Surinamese context; Procitrópicos, IICA
  • Training, Técnicas de Produção e Processamento de Caju, Fortaleza –CE, Brazil; Embrapa Agroindústria Tropical, bilateral cashew project Suriname-Brazil
  • Training SPSS, Paramaribo; AdeKUS, Lecturer Prof. Schalkwijk
  • Study tour Brazil (Belém, Paraná, São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul), Cassava cultivation and processing, participation at the XIth  Congresso Brasileiro de Mandioca in Campo Grande- CE, Brazilië; CLAYUCA  / CIAT
  • Workshop, training Risk assessment and risk management in biotechnology, Paramaribo; MLTE - UNEP / GEF project National Biosafety Framework
  • International course,  Sistemas Modernos de Producción, Procesamiento y Utilización de Yuca , CIAT-Cali, Colombia; CLAYUCA / CIAT
  • International seminar, IntegraçãoTecnológica e Agronegócio para o Desenvimento Sustentável das savanas do Norte da América do sul, Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil; my presentation on the Surinamese context; Procitrópicos, IICA

Attended Workshops during recent years (extension, networking, updating)

  • Technology needs assessment (TNA) project workshops, orga NIMOS, February
  • Attending webinars on Soil biodiversity. Orga: The Global Soil Partnership, several moments
  • Supporting data gap filling activities (questionnaires) regarding drought resilient cultivation systems. Orga: National environmental department for LDN / UNCDD, October
  • Participation in First communication on the nationally determined contributions, August, orga: coordination environment
  • Technology needs assessment (TNA) project workshops, orga NIMOS, May, August, September
  • 3ADI+ Closing Workshop Sustainable and Inclusive Development of the Pineapple Value Chain in Suriname; February
  • Post Cotonou seminar, orga BuZa, January
  • Sustainable value chain development pineapple, validation WS, LVV FAO, 3ADI+ project  in Suriname; October
  • Information session cabinet President regarding timeline to transform earlier formulated INDCs into NDCs (for ratification Paris Agreement, UNFCCC
  • Workshop 2 Formulating NAMA, UNDP JCCCP project; July
  • Land degradation neutrality (LDN) national baseline data review workshop; April
  • Outcome Agro Ecological Zoning project Suriname – Brazil. Stichting Planbureau
  • National adaptation (NAP) workshop Japan-Caribbean CC partnership (JCCCP) – Ramada JCCCP-UNDP (March 1 day; November 2 days)
  • Biosafety clearing house webinars. Information on the Cartagena protocol on biosafety (November).  Information on the BCH roster of experts (December).
  • Validation Workshop 11th EDF funded Agricultural Policy Program - component 1, MAAHF - EU
  • Workshop Risk Identification, Communication and Mitigation in Agriculture, IICA
  • National consultation on climate services, Meteorology Service
  • Stakeholder workshop Country Program Framework, FAO/ Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAHF) 
  • Formulation Workshop Climate Change programma Suriname, GCCA/UNDP
  • Workshop Value chain analysis, EDF project
  • Brainstorming UNDP/IICA project Biofuel crops for the bauxite mined out region Coermotibo
  • Stakeholder consultation workshop Agro ecological zoning project Suriname – Brazil. Stichting Planbureau Suriname
  • Validation stakeholders meeting National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan (NCCPAP), MLTE
  •  Inception meeting NCCPSAP, MLTE
  •  Webinar FAOSTAT GHG emissions
  • Validation meeting Upland rice project Suriname - New Zeeland – Brazil - MAAHF
  • Stakeholder consultation meeting agro-ecological zoning - bilateral Suriname-Brazil project, Planning Bureau
  • Workshop Invasive Alien Species and their influence on the environment, National Herbarium Suriname
  • Validation workshop mainstreaming / national environmental management, UNDP
  • SPS workshop, IICA
  • Stakeholders meeting Agricultural Innovation Strategy, MAAHF