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 follows this model. It focuses 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 aims to further develop the paradigm of participatory research to assist World Vision agriculturalists working with farmer groups.