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In Our Network on 23/03/2010 at 4:16 pm

Here are some stories from CIEE students who learned with AAN-Esan in February – to see more about their experiences, please visit their blog

The Illusion of Choices

In American society, we value a multitude of choices because choices mean freedom. When we’re faced with two choices, any normal Joe would choose the one that makes them happier. Yes, there is a certain anxiety we feel when we’re presented with too many decisions like where to eat, what career to take, what song to listen to and all the other choices we make on a daily basis. But choices are often indicators of development. For example, if you have more choices to a career, your economy is healthy. If you can choose to buy a tropical fruit in the still of Vermont’s winter, trade is active and the power of your dollar goes far. Being able to choose between 40 varieties of cereals gives us the power to design our diets. However, in a capitalist society, have we come to appreciate the quantity of choices more than the quality? I especially want to explore this question in terms of our everyday consumer related decisions.

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AAN Regional Collaboration: SAEDA Workshop in Xiang Khouang, Lao PDR

In In Solidarity, Network Events, Research on 16/03/2010 at 11:11 am

Sustainable agriculture is growing throughout Southeast Asia, and in some countries, government support and coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is producing positive results.  The work currently being carried out by the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Development Association (SAEDA), a Lao organization committed to sustainable agriculture and community development, is an example of this movement.

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ขอเชิญเข้าร่วมงาน Healthy Consumer Day “วันบริโภคที่ปลอดภัย”

In Our Network, Youth Activities on 09/03/2010 at 1:23 pm

พบปะพูดคุยกับนักศึกษาแลกเปลี่ยนจาก ประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกา เรียนรู้วิธีการทำปุ๋ยชีวภาพ เพื่อลดใช้สารเคมี

แลกเปลี่ยนสถานการณ์การบริโภคที่ปลอดภัยกับผู้บริโภคจากต่างประเทศ แจกฟรี!! ต้นไม้ สมุนไพร และพันธุ์ผักพื้นบ้านหลากหลายชนิด

ในวันเสาร์ที่ 27 กุมภาพันธ์ 2553 ณ ตลาดนัดสีเขียว หอนาฬิกาตั้งแต่เวลา 6.00 น. เป็นต้นไป

ผู้รักสุขภาพตัวจริงห้ามพลาด !!

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Seed Records

In Farmers Groups, Research on 09/03/2010 at 12:59 pm

Indigenous rice seed research is a year-long process: from germination to harvest, documentation to report-writing, our farmer-researchers are developing their own approaches to preserving and expanding the indigenous seed base in communities throughout our network.  Researchers from the Sustainable Agriculture Foundation in Bangkok spent the day recently with the Kamet Seed Research Volunteer Group in Yasothon province to help collect a round of data from the group’s research paddy.

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Preserving Local Food Culture

In Network Events, Youth Activities on 09/03/2010 at 11:31 am

On the first Saturday in February, AAN Yasothon helped host Ban Non Yang’s 3rd Month Merit-Making Festival.  The festival celebrates the start of a new season, a time when people will work through the hot weather to do maintenance on their homes and other community development projects.  The celebration is also about community welfare, as villagers donate sacks of rice to a community stock, which families can access if they are in need of rice later on during the year.  Like last year, the AAN seized the opportunity to campaign about local foods and indigenous rice varieties.

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Contract Aquaculture in the Chi River, Mahasarakam: Benefits for Agribusiness and Costs for Small Farmers

In Research on 06/03/2010 at 1:38 pm

Contract Farming and Riverine Aquaculture: The Realities of the ‘Slave Contract’ and the Risks that Farmers Must Bear

Sumeth Panchamlong – Regional Coordinator, Alternative Agriculture Network – Esan

Thanks to Asia Monitor Resource Center for their translation support!

To view this report’s charts regarding investment costs, please click on the document below:

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