Project: Thailand


Country Overview:

Thailand occupies the western half of the Indochinese peninsula and the northern two-thirds of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea (west) and the Gulf of Thailand (East). Roughly the size of France, the country is divided into three regions; the densely populated central plain; the northeastern plateau and the mountainous west. Thailand is warm and tropical. Its monsoonal climate causes occasional tropical depressions during the rainy season and flash flooding. Thailand is a farming dependent country. Despite the high migration rate to urban areas, over 68 percent of the population still lives in rural villages.

For the past decade, Heifer Thailand has focused on the two poorest regions of Thailand: the North and the Northeast. The North is home to most of Thailand’s approximately one million highland ethnic minority populations. Among the most pressing issues facing these groups today are sustainable livelihoods, birth registration and citizenship. Most residents in the north and northeast are subsistence farmers, but income from agriculture is no longer sufficient because land holdings are too small and yields too low. The challenging conditions have led residents and organizations to resort to cash cropping, deforestation and curtailment of rights to forest resources, which come at the expense of environmental preservation. 

Heifer's Work in Thailand:

For 34 years Heifer International Thailand has focused on marginalized ethnic minorities living in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand. To date, Heifer Thailand has expanded its project areas throughout Thailand and Lao PDR, assisting over 27,800 families in nearly 2,500 villages in these two countries.

With the goal of ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth, Heifer Thailand has diversified development programs towards livestock holistic development activities and technical trainings including livestock farming, Self-Help Group (SHG) formation, kitchen gardens and savings activities. To empower communities to achieve self-reliance, Heifer Thailand promotes the Values-Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD) approach in all projects and provides conceptual training to partner organizations and project participants. 

Key Services Heifer Provides:

Sustainable agricultural production: Animal management training; environmental preservation training; livestock breeding techniques; disaster preparedness and contingency planning; sustainable agriculture

Post-harvest management and processing: Food grain storage and food waste management

Market development: Business planning; financial management; savings management; values-based cooperative development and women empowerment for development

Technology: Biogas development, social capital formation, improved animal management

Nutrition: Improve standard curriculum guidelines to include topics such as nutrition; gardening training