The Role of Civil Society Networks in Promoting Organic Food as A Path to Food Security in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Siya Uthai
Chomchuan Boonrahong


Food security is an important topic involving people’s everyday lives. In recent decades, organic food consumption has been touted as a path to food security. As such, civil society networks in Chiang Mai have been working to support the movement toward organic food. Organic food networks linking producers and consumers are critical to building food security. This research article aims to understand civil society networks' roles and working styles on organic food issues in Chiang Mai province, Thailand. The working styles and outcomes of the civil society network (CSN) are analyzed as the intermediary between food producers to urban consumers in the food system. Four CSNs in Chiang Mai were selected as the case studies and compared with Chiang Mai’s Young Farmer Group. This study, based on observation techniques and in-depth interviews with key informants, investigates the working styles of CSNs and networks of food producers. The questionnaires were distributed to consumers to study consumer knowledge and perceptions of food security issues. The focus group meetings were organized to obtain feedback from food producers, consumers, and CSN’s staff. The authors found that each CSN linked with food producer networks according to the working styles of the CSN’s staff and that the key actors in each CSN knew each other personally. CSNs can introduce organic farming to local communities. However, many CSNs are struggling to connect with urban consumers.

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Uthai, S., & Boonrahong, C. . (2023). The Role of Civil Society Networks in Promoting Organic Food as A Path to Food Security in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Journal of Population and Social Studies [JPSS], 31, 417–434. Retrieved from
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Siya Uthai, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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