Our main objective for our Field to Fork project is to identify practical solutions to improve nutrition and food security amongst the communities in the rural upland areas of Thailand via nutrition-sensitive agriculture solutions as well as educational media tools. We are not simply trying to improve the productivity of the household; we are trying to integrate nutritional and agricultural solutions to improve the nutritional status, i.e. reduce malnourishment amongst children, improve development, etc.
Malnutrition and food security are both serious problems in the rural communities in Northern Thailand, especially among the ethnic minorities in the upland areas. Teaching them different agricultural techniques and providing different sources of nutrition dense foods has the potential to sustainably improve these problems. Like any project however, there are gaps in knowledge and some problems. That's why Field to Fork spent one out of the three years conducting research to close those gaps and gain a better sense of the situation. We believe that the best way to improve these villagers quality of life is to help them help themselves.