Understanding the local reality of the adoption of sustainable practices and farmer livelihoods: The case of pummelo farming in Chaiyaphum, Northeast Thailand

Yuichiro Amekawa

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In the light of the serious economic crisis of 1997 and Agenda 21, as proposed in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, the Thai government has increased commitments to sustainable agricultural development. This paper examines how local Thai farmers are interacting with the policy imperatives of sustainable agriculture, focusing on the adoption of sustainable practices and farmer livelihoods. Two pummelo producing communities in Chaiyaphum province, Northeast Thailand were chosen as examples and compared: one, located in the highlands, focused on sales for local and domestic markets and the other, located in the lowlands, included sales for export. Both were involved in the implementation of Q-GAP, a public policy for good agricultural practices. The pummelo producers discursively sought the best combination of conventional and sustainable farming practices by balancing the benefits and risks concerning labour requirements, commercial results, financial risks associated with credit loans and investment and ecological sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-805
Number of pages13
JournalFood Security
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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