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Soil and Land Management

Improving the reliability of rain-fed, rice/livestock-based farming systems in North East Thailand

Project Code: SMCN/2007/215
Budget:
A$659,975
Research Program Manager: Dr. Robert Edis
Project Leader: Stephen Collins - World Vision Australia
Duration:
MAR 2008
DEC 2012
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Dr John Schiller
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Khon Kaen University
World Vision Foundation of Thailand
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Overview

In 2001, ACIAR and World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) implemented a program of collaboration to foster greater application of the results of earlier ACIAR-funded research. Three programs - on fish-feed production, temperate fruit development and production of vegetables with reduced use of agrochemicals - helped World Vision to address specific technical challenges that communities had identified in different parts of the country. The projects were implemented in some of the poorest parts of Thailand and produced significant community impacts.

This project followed this model. It focused on improving the reliability of rice/livestock-based farming systems in Mahasarakham Province in northeast Thailand, one of the poorest parts of the country that suffers from low soil fertility, salinity and acidity. The project also aimed to further develop the paradigm of participatory research to assist World Vision agriculturalists working with farmer groups.