Large scale sustainable rice project lifts incomes of smallholder farmers in Thailand and makes positive impact on environment
- 19,000 farmers see incomes increase by over 20% through successful public-private partnership between Olam Agri, and German and Thai government bodies.
- GHG emissions reduced by 21% through project
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
The Market Oriented Smallholder Value Chain (MSVC) programme, one of the largest sustainable rice projects in Thailand, is close to completion and has successfully helped 19,000 Thai smallholder farmers increase their net income by more than 20% and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from farming by 21%. It received the highest sustainability recognition, the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) Gold Level, by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform earlier this year.
The programme, which started in 2016 with 77 farmers, aimed primarily at improving the lives of resource-poor rice farmers in the Northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani and Surin in Thailand and increase the production of sustainable and high-quality rice from these regions. The programme exceeded expectations by enrolling 20% (3,000 farmers) more farmers than originally planned and had the additional benefit of improving the inclusion of women farmers who make up 60% of participating farmers. In addition to a 21% reduction in GHG emissions, the programme has also improved water quality by 14%.