Chi Va Pa Doi
The project will increase income stability from alternative sources than intensive farming, will increase the capacity building related to business and marketing planning for the women groups. The project will help to from 10 women business groups and strengthen those business groups networks to increase. production capacity and enhance experience sharing/co-learning among the groups and networks. The project will assist the project participants to improve their income security and living standard by promoting alternative income generation while increasing market distribution. Gender participation and natural resources management by introducing and improving environmental friendly products. There will be more cooperation with government and local administration for further support to women groups developed under the project. The project will support them to access funding from local administration for secured income-generating activities and further opportunities to lift-up quality of life.
Forrest is home Forres is my life
1. Women groups in highland communities Chiang Mai province increase their income by developing alternative invironmentally friendly farm and off-farm production.
2. Women groups have reinforced their business capacities and their small business is sustainable.
3. Collaborative and multi stakeholders networks at the provincial level composed of government representatives, non-profit organization, local administration organizations and organizations and private sector provide active support to promote women groups income generating activities
1133 women small holders famers (aged 15-60 years) from 10 highland communities Indirect beneficiaries: 3891 people (630HH) e.g total population of the 10 highland communities. The improvement of economic security for those women groups will lead to increase income and food security of 630 households or 3,891 people (1,971 male populations and 1,920 female populations).
The project will be implemented in 10 communities located in the upstream forest of mae Chaem and Mae Teun watershed areas. These communities are located in 4 Sub-districts under 3 districts of Chiang Mai province in Northern Thailand (1 Village in Chaem Luang sub-district of Kallayaniwattana district, 3 Villages in Mae Seuk sub-district of Mae Chaem district, 4 Villages in The Pha subdistrict of Mae Chaem district, and 1 village in Yang Peang sub-district of Om Koi district). The Thai government has announced that the northen highland watershes areas is considered to reserved forest areas and in addition is classified as watershed grade A level.Both of these
Classifications call for the prohibition of private activities. including farming and dwelling in the highland forest areas. There has been has an exception for “Indigenous ethnic groups” that have been living in the highland areas even before the classification of the government, however these communities are a not entitled to land titles and their use of the land for farming is restricted.
Despite the restrictions on land use, the local market forces have succeeded being a major cause of forest and soil destruction in the highland. In the past this has been driven by the growing market vegetable and the favorable climate, soil and water in the highland areas. However, in the last decade or so, contract farming mainly for corn. Has been the major vehicle of large forest and soil degradation. A chain of middlemen are used to convincing small farmer in engaging in corn growing. The middlemen chain also serves to protect the large national companies that buy these products. This process is uncontrolled by local government that say repeatedly that the highland population is poor and they cannot be denied the possibility of earning cash.