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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.
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
- 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
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.