The 161st RIHN seminar

Date: July 25th, 2018 (Wednesday) 14:00 - 15:30
Place: Seminar Rooms 3 & 4, RIHN ( → Access)
Lecturer: Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin
Visiting Research Fellow, RIHN / Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
Title: Promoting local food for upland sustainable development: Local coffee in Northern Thailand
Abstract: Valorization - increasing value added of a food or product - has been heavily emphasized in rural development policy and literature. “Local” food which has been promoted in many areas can be considered as one example of valorization process. Given a recent rising trend in coffee consumption and its potentials in terms of forest conservation, coffee becomes an important alternative crop in highland in Thailand. Promoting “local” coffee has been mentioned as one of the ways to increase value added of coffee beans and enhance highland farmers’ wellbeing. Unlike other cases where local food usually focuses on native and indigenous product, coffee is a product introduced to the area not long ago. In this seminar, the speaker will present (1) the situation of upland farming and deforestation problem in Northern Thailand, (2) overview of current coffee production and consumption in Thailand, (3) impacts of coffee cultivation on farmer’s livelihoods, and (4) consumers’ preference for “local” coffee in Nan province in the North of Thailand. The implications and lessons learnt will be discussed.
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