Conventional and organic rice production in northeast Thailand (Surin and Buriram provinces)

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Latest updates

  • [July 2020] The draft Scoping Report was submitted for Steering Committee consideration outlining the rice sector, value chain and relevant policies and presenting four scenarios for assessment, namely: Scenario 1: BAU/ Scenario 2: One Million Rai Organic Rice Promotion continued/ Scenario 3: Enhanced organic rice promotion/ Scenario 4: Transformational change towards sustainability.
  • [June 2020] A draft methodologies report was developed outlining land use cover and biophysical models of ecosystem services to be used to assess different rice production systems.
  • [October 2019] Consultations with local stakeholders (e.g. rice farmers, millers, NGOs and various local government agencies) in study sites to introduce the project and discuss barriers and opportunities for the development of the organic rice sector.

Scope of work

To comparatively assess organic and conventional rice production systems in northeast Thailand (Surin and Buriram provinces) examining their impact and dependencies on ecosystem services and biodiversity along the value chain of rice production. Biophysical and socio-economic data from field work in two provinces will be analyzed to develop land use change and ecosystem service models, and then use scenario analysis to estimate the potential scale of costs and benefits of different policy options over three interim periods up to the year 2035.

The results of this analysis will feed into ongoing national policy processes such as the National Organic Farming Action Plan, the Sustainable Rice Platform Standards and Indicators, the restoration roadmap, and public-private partnership agreements for reducing agro-chemical pollution.

Publications and resources

  • Methodologies report (forthcoming)
  • Scoping report (forthcoming)


Status: Ongoing

Logo: Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative (IKI)

This project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Environment Ministry.

Host Ministry:

 Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Research institution:

 Khon Kaen University

This project will complement work undertaken as part of the EU-funded TEEBAgriFood project in Thailand.

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