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Hyrbid rice in Asia

In Our Network, Research on 30/04/2010 at 4:34 pm

A report from our regional network allies:

“In China, where hybrid rice originated, farmers’ experience with hybrid rice is utterly at variance with the glossy advertisements found in nearly every seed shop in town. Read the rest of this entry »

Farming in Thailand: An Uncertain Future?

In Youth Activities on 28/04/2010 at 4:47 pm

From the Organic on the Green blog:

I get anxious just thinking about the next generation of farmers in Thailand – from the many conversations I’ve had with young people here, “no one” wants or expects to become a farmer when they finish school or stop working in their current job. And parents discourage their children (especially daughters) from working in the fields under the hot sun.  Despite it’s significant economic development, Thailand is still an agricultural society.

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FOCUS: Statement on Thai Political Situation

In In Solidarity on 28/04/2010 at 8:23 am

From Focus on the Global South:

12 April 2010

The violent clashes between the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (Red Shirts) protesters and the Thai government’s law enforcement forces on Saturday, April 10, 2010, that resulted in the deaths of 5 soldiers and 16 civilians, clearly challenge the non-violence rules of engagement that  both sides committed to at the start  of the Red Shirts’ mobilizations  4 weeks ago.  These regrettable events have caused serious concerns not only among the Thai public, but also among other pro-democracy and pro-peace people elsewhere.

The non-violence pledge is a significant, laudable step in the current polarized Thai society in order to avoid instigating an outright civil war between the Pro-Thaksin Red Shirts and the Anti-Thaksin People’s Alliance for Democracy (Yellow Shirts) and others.It came about through public pressure on the government, the military and the Red Shirts themselves, because of lessons learned from the violent clashes among civilians, government forces and militias in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-Sufficiency: The Only Way to Live

In Our Network on 25/04/2010 at 9:39 am

By CLAIRE CODDINGTON (CIEE Khon Kaen)

YASOTHON, THAILAND

It is 3 AM on Thursday morning and Meh Brat Tom Ta Na Koon is waking up to tend to her animals and farm. “I rise at 3 AM, cook rice, water the garden, release the cows, if time allows I will expand the garden, retrieve rice husks from the mill, rest during the day when the sun is hottest, herd the cows in the evening, eat vegetables I harvested that day and go to sleep by 8 PM.” Her routine may seem too scheduled for some, but for 53-year-old Meh—a mother, wife and farmer—there is nothing else she could imagine doing.

Meh grew up on the farm she works on today and raised her family in the same house she was raised in. Read the rest of this entry »

GRAIN: Say NO to the principles of “responsible” agro-enterprise investment promoted by the World Bank

In In Solidarity, Press Release on 25/04/2010 at 6:15 am

State and private investors, from Citadel Capital to Goldman Sachs, are leasing or buying up tens of millions of hectares of farmlands in Asia, Africa and Latin America for food and fuel production. This land grabbing is a serious threat for the food sovereignty of our peoples and the right to food of our rural communities. In response to this new wave of land grabbing, the World Bank (WB) is promoting a set of seven principles to guide such investments and make them  successful. The FAO, IFAD and UNCTAD have agreed to join the WB in collectively pushing these principles. [1] Their starting point is the fact that the current rush of private sector interest to buy up farmland is risky. After all, the WB has just finalised a study showing the magnitude of this trend and its central focus on transferring rights over agricultural land in developing countries to foreign investors. The WB seems convinced that all private capital flows to expand global agribusiness operations where they  have not yet taken hold are good and must be allowed to proceed so that the corporate sector can extract more wealth from the countryside. Read the rest of this entry »

“The Worms…They’re Back!” Making the Transition from Chemical Farming to Organic

In Our Network on 23/04/2010 at 7:16 am

Organic Farmer Chompoo Nampop, 42, proudly displays his chemical free sugarcane

LIAM DIXON (CIEE Khon Kaen) – March 3, 2010

BAN DONG DIP, THAILAND — “Try this,” Chompoo Nampop offered, extending a piece of brown sugarcane. “This is the real thing,” he explained, “No chemicals.2

Indeed, the rows of sugarcane that line Nampop’s farm are grown in a rare way–organically. According to Dr. Buapan, a professor at Khon Kaen University, only 0.05% of all produce grown in Thailand is done so without the assistance of chemical fertilizers. Read the rest of this entry »

ชมรมคนสร้างฝัน AAN Camp

In Youth Activities on 06/04/2010 at 4:19 pm

It’s summer vacation here in northeastern Thailand.  March and April, the two hottest months of the year, bring students home to, as they often say, “eat, play and sleep.”  But for student-activist groups, this is the time of the year to learn outside of the classroom, from villagers engaged with social and environmental movements.  Students often spend a week with villagers helping to build community halls, libraries or other needed structures, learning about the villagers’ struggles with dams, mines or environmental injustice, and reflecting on their student group’s learning process and planning out next steps for the group’s activities.

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Organic Pigs

In Meetings on 06/04/2010 at 11:32 am

P’ Kanya Onsri smiles whenever she talks about her organic pig project in Surin.  As one of the first organic farmers in her village, she has always been willing to try out new techniques in order to make her farming practices more sustainable.  Since 2006, Kanya has pioneered a organic pig raising producers’ group in Tamor subdistrict, Surin province.  With support from Surin Farmers Support and the AAN, the program has expanded to more than 70 families and provides 2 whole pigs at the Surin Green Market every Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

กรีนฮอร์น : ขบวนการทางสังคมที่กำลังเติบโต The Greenhorns – A Growing Social Movement

In Network Events, Youth Activities on 02/04/2010 at 3:29 pm

อเมริกาสูญเสีย ที่ดินที่ใช้ทำการเกษตรประมาณ 5 ไร่ต่อนาที  ทุกวันนี้เด็กอนุบาลประมาณ 1 ใน 3 ก็มีพัฒนาการเป็นโรคเบาหวานประเภท 2    ราว 30 ปีที่ผ่านมาวิกฤติของภาคเกษตรในอเมริกาขยายตัวอย่า งมาก  ทั้งจำนวนเกษตรกรที่ลดลง การสูญเสียที่ดิน  คุณภาพดินเสื่อมโทรม และบริษัทก็เข้ามามีบทบาทมากขึ้นในการควบคุมทั้งการผลิต การแปรรูป และเทคโนโลยี  กลุ่มเยาวชนรุ่นใหม่ซึ่งห่วงใยเรื่องสิ่งแวดล้อม  การเปลี่ยนแปลงของสภาพอากาศ

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