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Dhamma Rakhsa

The Dhamma Rakhsa project (which means "nature is a remedy") gathers different initiatives of cooperatives, villages, monasteries, schools and associations of the North and the East of Thailand who spontaneously asked to join the project. It is fully part of the already existing culture of preserving the community forests throughout rural Thailand.

Supporting small-scale farmers in North-Eastern regions of Thailand is a priority of the project, by developping climate-smart, agroecological methodology for increasing the productivity of rice and other crops and changing the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients.

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Location: East of Thailand (Isan shelf), North (Chiang Mai and Chang Rai regions) and South (Krabi province)


Type: Community reforestation


Partner: Dhamma Rakhsa (PUR Projet local entity), Nam Om cooperative, Raks Thai Foundation


Participants: small-scale farmers and communities in Isan, Northern and Southern Thailand


Main themes: 

- Develop low-impact micro-farming models with high yields

- Diversify incomes and improve self-sufficiency (in food, natural and financial resources and energy)

- Improve farmers' resilience vs climate deregulation (floods and droughts)


Achievements: 448,000 trees planted (January 2016)


Supply chain: rice, fruits, timber, medicinal plants



The System of Rice Intensification method

Methodology of sustainable rice production formalized in 1983 by the French Jesuit Father Henri de Laulanie in Madagascar after 20 years of observation
and experimentation.

Objective is to increase the yield of rice produced in irrigated farming without relying on purchased inputs (chemical fertilizer, improved seeds..).

Main points are:
Use of a minimum quantity of water, instead of continuous flooding
Individual transplanting of very young seedlings in a square pattern to give plants more room for root and tiller growth.


  2014-01 Progress report (EN)     Download
  2013-11 Progress report (EN)     Download
  Photos story     Download

Nam Om Cooperative

Nam Om is one of the project’s partner cooperative. Small-scale producers of different villages of north-east Thailand gathered in 1999 to increase their revenues. They decided to launch organic rice fields, to be Fair Trade certified, searching for the best prices and vary their activities with the implementation of a natural fertilizer industry and the development of different activities for women.

In 2010, they spontaneously offered their participation to Pur Projet’s activities, to plant trees, in particular on community fields where eucalyptus had been planted for monoculture in the framework of a governmental program. Producers, opposed to the introduction of invasive and non-native species like eucalyptus, wished to remove those, of which they have no use, to the benefit of native and diversified species participating to the local biodiversity (Yang Na, Padauk birman, Neem...). 

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