Going Green in Thailand: Upgrading in Global Organic Value Chains
May 11, 2017DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series

Under what conditions are small-scale farmers able to overcome significant barriers to shift into producing organic rice? In this paper, we compare the puzzling patterns we find in the attempts to increase the production of organic rice in five similar provinces in the fertile heartland of northeastern Thailand. Despite the fact that they face similar natural, social and political conditions, farmers in some provinces have been markedly more successful in making such a shift than those in others. We attempt to explain this variation by identifying several upgrading challenges embedded in the shift into higher value portions of this alternative global value chain and exploring the potential roles of local, regional, national, and international NGOs in helping farmers to overcome these challenges. In doing so, we pay special attention to the possible role of local government in serving as a catalyst for ‘scaling up’ the assistance that community groups and NGOs can provide to farmers seeking to upgrade.

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  • Joel Moore

    Head of School for Education, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University
    Joel Moore has served as the Deputy Head of School for Education for the School of Arts and Social Sciences since 2013. He has instituted a number of teaching and learning innovations in the classroom including a transdisciplinary unit based around a multi-week crisis simulation. He has also utilized a variety of open source technologies to enhance student learning in and out of the classroom.He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University in 2011. His dissertation, The Varieties of Capitalist Development: The Political Determinants of Economic Governance Systems, focused on the impact that structural and institutional factors had in constraining policy makers and shaping economic governance systems in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017; 12:30-2:00PM
  • WHERE: World Bank Malaysia Office, Level 3, Sasana Kijang, No. 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn
  • RSVP: Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, May 10, 2017