PhD Research 2: Siriluk Somnuek

Bottom up sustainable intensification of oil palm by improving quantity and quality of produce and increasing farmers livelihoods in Thailand.

Siriluk Somnuek  assesses the possibilities for improving the quantity and quality of palm oil production and for advancing farmers’ livelihoods in Thailand through bottom up sustainable intensification. The near absence of land available for expanding the plantation areas forces a strategy of intensification. This study will identify, based on pilot projects, which social, economic, technical and institutional factors positively affect farmers’ choice to invest in sustainable intensification of palm oil production and what is needed for the production system to comply to additional sustainability and equity criteria.