Thailand: Consensus on need to support farmers

Bangkok post

There is broad political agreement on the importance of sustainable farming, food safety and security, and the need to tackle poverty among farmers, an 11-party forum on agriculture and food security agreed recently.

Support for organic farming, technological innovation and upgrading the industry to meet international standards, as well as tackling land ownership disparity, were among policies floated at the event.

It was organised by the National Farmers Council, Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Action Thailand (the BioThai Foundation), Chulalongkorn University's Social Research Institute and their partners.

Decharut Sukkumnoed, director of the Move Forward Party (MFP)'s Think Forward Centre, said the government's subsidy schemes should be revamped as they have failed to improve farmers' livelihoods.

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