Program Background

Thai people came to Japan to learn a store-type system of COOP (photo taken in 2018).

The number of farmers who practice organic agriculture in Thailand has increased over the years and their production now became stable in terms of kinds, quality, and quantity. However, sales and revenue still differ among regions and groups. To further improve the organic farming situation, creative ideas are needed. Cooperating with NGOs in Thailand for more than thirty years, JVC have various projects that aim at spreading eco-friendly and sustainable agriculture, making Thai farmers independent as well connecting producers and consumers to distribute safe food.

Thai-Japanese Civil Exchange Program Toward Building an Alternative Food Distribution System

Outline of the Activities

Since 2016, we have conducted exchange programs inviting Thai people to Japan. They learned the movement of Japanese organic agriculture and its practice. In the fiscal year of 2019, we did not have an exchange program but checked the current situation of Thais whom we had invited to Japan.

Observed Changes

We realized that the Japanese nationwide network of co-op system does not suit the situation in Thailand because of the different scale. We found that each Thai participant practiced individually on a small scale. They also went through the certification system and started disclosing information to consumers according to what they had learned so far. There were also opportunities for the participants to exchange information with each other. Given these circumstances, we concluded that resuming our activities and follow-ups are no longer necessary.

Internship to Learn in Thai Rural Villages

Outline of the Activities

Three interns who participated in the program in 2012.

We reviewed the past internship program conducted four times between 2008 and 2015 and made a report about “The Internship Program to Learn in Thai Rural Villages”. In this program, Japanese people who were interested in international cooperation stayed in Thai rural villages for 7-12 months to learn international cooperation and development.

Observed Changes

Regarding the internship program, we found that the participants learned about the lives and the sense of values of the Thai people in rural areas Furthermore, they realized the importance of connection with people and what a sustainable society can be. We also found out that they reviewed their own sense of values and applied these in their lives and jobs. A report on this will be published on our website.

*Although these projects already finished, we will make a final decision about the future of the Thai project in the fiscal year of 2020. We will inform you about it on our website and in other publications.

“Becoming a wife in rural Thailand ― A wild rural life”

(Written by Kaoruko Morimoto, JVC Booklet, 2013)

This is a booklet about life in the region of Isan, Northeast Thailand written by a former JVC staff, Ms. Morimoto. She participated in “The Internship Program to Learn in Thai Rural Villages” and later worked as a staff in charge of the Thai projects. With a lot of pictures in full color, she introduces her life with her Thai husband, mother-in-law, and her children. The rural life is full of herbs, weeds, and recycled rainwater. She writes about the way of giving birth, raising children by supporting each other, and interesting local food. All of them will attract you to rural Thailand.

[Source: JVC Annual Report 2019]

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