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Presenter:  Para Jansuwan – PhD Candidate

Date: Feb 13, 2018

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Contact person:  Office of Research and Innovation
T: +61 8 8946 7289

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savannah Room)

Understanding succession plans and farm aspirations of ageing and young farmers in Prachin Buri province, Thailand

The proposed research deals with the ageing of the population in rural Thailand. Population ageing is defined as the increase in the proportion of older people (60 and older) in a population (Peters et al., 2008). In rural Thailand, most of the population is involved in farming and the ageing of Thai farmers and at the same time the dwindling numbers of young farmers will pose a major problem to the food security and well-being of the older rural population. A change in the age composition of the rural Thai population will also pose challenges to the government and the provision of essential services, such as health and age care.
The research will consider the causes of population ageing; global population ageing; Thailand’s ageing population and labour mobility; impacts of ageing on farmers and the rural population; farm exit and entry decisions of the next generation of farmers; the importance of farm succession plans; and the role of the government on farm exit, entry, and succession.  

Para Jansuwan is a PhD candidate with the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. He has previously studied a Master of Science in Development Evaluation and Management at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp in Belgium; and a Master of Economics at Kasetsart University, Bangkok in Thailand.