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BACKGROUND 

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Thailand's food system is now becoming more centralized and monopolized, affecting food security, food justice (rights to food) and the socio-environment.

At present, the consequential impacts of environmental degradation through food choices is still a distant issue to many consumers today. Important staple crops such as maize are cultivated using monoculture practices, where large quantities of land are reserved for its production. 
Given the significance and complexity of crop production, these monocrops involve a broad range of food supply chain stakeholders, such as farmers, livestock producers and traders; contributing towards higher risk across the management of processes encompassing the “farm to fork” continuum. 
For instance, Maize production is often linked to one of the main causes of forest encroachment, where more than 50 percent of maize crops are cultivated on deforested area, resulting in environmental degradation. Other factors include burning of crop residues, excessive application of agricultural chemicals (pesticides and herbicides), and overuse of chemical fertilizers to accelerate crop productivity.  Given the environmental problems associated with agriculture (GHG emissions, health impact, etc.), provisions of alternative agriculture practices need be encouraged, for example, transforming monoculture farming into integrated farming systems as a means to minimize impact on the environment, society and economy. 
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Maize production is often linked to one of the main causes of forest encroachment, where more than 50 percent of maize crops are cultivated on deforested area, resulting in environmental degradation.

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About the WWF-SCP Project

The International Climate Initiatives (IKIs) to establish low carbon consumption and production in Thailand aims to stimulate and encourage the development and implementation of SCP concept within business models and governmental mitigation strategies, action plan and measures towards the development of environmental change solutions and sustainable communities. 

To help inspire and inform further change, the main components attributing towards the change in agriculture operation were to:

1) Promote the integration of SCP principles into governmental and corporate strategies and policies within agriculture and forestry sectors for climate mitigation solutions.

2) Encourage development and implementation of SCP principles within business models towards the promotion of sustainable food system.

3) Improve availability and accessibility to quality consumer information; resulting in increasing awareness on sustainable consumption and production.

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In the long run, the clearest and most important benefit of this project aims to 1) finding new alternative strategies to produce returns high enough to compensate local farmers for additional risks, 2) form partnerships between villagers to restore degraded agricultural and forest landscapes in retaining its rich resources, and 3) proposing strategies and measures, where all form of agricultural production are promoted towards sustainable manner. We know that one organisation alone can’t affect the change we need. That’s why we rely on partnerships and our supporters. The changes we want to see in the world can only come about through the efforts of many people - together possible.

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About WWF-Thailand

World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) operated in Thailand in 1995. The mission is to ensure that there will be strong participation and support from all people to conserve the country’s rich biological diversity and increase the impact of its conservation action for a Living Planet.

WWF came into existence on 29 April 1961, when a small group of passionate and committed individuals signed a declaration that came to be known as the Morges Manifesto.

This apparently simple act laid the foundations for one what has grown into the world's largest independent conservation organization.

More than 50 years on, the black and white panda is a well-known household symbol in many countries. And the organization itself is lucky enough to have won the backing of more than 5 million people throughout the world, and can count the actions taken by people in support of its efforts into the billions.

WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment, and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:

  • Conserving the world's biological diversity

  • Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and

  • Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption

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