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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 »

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Local Fair Trade – Rice Fund Surin

In Meetings, Our Network on 24/01/2010 at 9:12 pm

Rice Fund Surin members agree that organic agriculture is a solution for small-scale rice farmers in the province.  And the organic food market that has developed is a result of a strong people’s movement for sustainable livelihoods and safe, healthy food.  Yet, given how farming is inherently risky, the transition to organic farming is difficult for many farmers.  The expansion of the organic market has taken a long time in Surin, but for many, the movement seems stagnant – organic farmers keep farming organically, and conventional farmers keep using chemicals.

The Rice Fund Surin meeting on Jan 14 sought to look further into the possibilities for local fair trade to help revive interest in organic farming among villagers and further develop urban consumer awareness about food systems.  Fair Trade has always been an important part of Rice Fund’s ideology (the mill is Fair Trade certified and farmers’ groups have independently managed fair trade premiums for yeas), but is often overlooked by producers and consumers on the local level.  “Domestic Fair Trade” is a small movement in the U.S., and is organized by a network of organizations and producers cooperatives, including Equal Exchange.

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Pakphum Inpaen featured in Green America

In Our Network on 14/11/2009 at 9:28 pm

From the Green America Thanksgiving e-newsletter

Thanks to Andrew Korfhage for visiting Rice Fund Surin and writing this story:

True confession:  Before I started working at Green America almost seven years ago, I had never heard of the Fair Trade movement.  In my interview with our Green Business Network director Denise Hamler, in fact, I got confused and accidentally called it “free trade.”

“You mean Fair Trade, right?” she asked me.   “Oh, yes,” I said, “What did I say?”

But like many conscious consumers who aren’t yet connected to the Fair Trade movement per se, I was already deeply interested in the concept of making sure that the products I buy are traded fairly – that producers at the beginning of the supply chain make a decent wage, that the products that pass through my hands on a daily basis aren’t tainted with the suffering of others.  It’s part of why I wanted to work for Green America in the first place, because the definition of “green” should always be about the health of both people and the planet. Read the rest of this entry »