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Technology development for climate resilience and efficient use of resources in the agricultural sector in Thailand

Thailand
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals: 

No poverty

Goal: No poverty
Goal1
No poverty

Zero hunger

Goal2
Zero hunger

Decent work and economic growth

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal8
Decent work and economic growth

Climate action

Goal 13: Climate action
Goal13
Climate action

This Technology Transfer Advances Thailand's

  • Nationally Determined Contribution to promote a sustainable agriculture and approriate resource allocation, Good Agricultural Practise (GAP) and to safeguard food security. 

Context

Agriculture plays an important role in Thailand. More than 40% of the labor force (39 million people) is engaged with agricultural sector. To minimize the impact of climate change, several crop varieties with greater tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses are developed and introduced to the farmers. Rice with flash flooding tolerance and rice with blast and pest stress are good examples. In addition, agricultural practices, such as integrated pest control, irrigation system, and fertilization management, are applied to increase the efficiency of management. Looking forward to the future, crop production will face extreme weather, resource scarcity and environmental degradation. Existing applied technologies will not be good enough for the changes. Thus, technology development and technology transfer on the efficient use of resources are necessary to for the agricultural sector to cope with climate change, to increase productivity, as well as to meet the sustainable productivity goal of the country.

Assistance Requested

Support for creating skill & knowledge on precision farming both in theoretical and practical implications. Training should be suitable for academic, research institute, and private sectors and include not only lectures, but also field practices on the application of technologies & tools. Capacity building topics include:

  • Plant phenotyping and physiology
  • Hyper-spectral imaging technology
  • Multi-spectral imaging technology
  • Thermal imaging technology
  • Sensor technology
  • Geoinformatics
  • Smart irrigation and fertigation

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Benefits

Medium-term impacts:

  • Increase the number of skilled researchers and experts on advanced precision farming technologies for adaptation to climate change
  • Create with-in field resources maps (e.g. water map, nitrogen map) for agricultural relevant agencies to enhance implementation of advanced precision farming

Long-term impacts:

  • Create a new paradigm on efficient use of resource in Thai agriculture
  • Increase yields and profits for Thai farmers, resulting to the increase of agroindustry competitiveness

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