MOST School on Rural Sustainability
The first MOST School to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 26 to 28 January 2018, will focus on rural sustainability issues. The event will bring together young academics, policy makers and community representatives to talk with experts about research and policy on rural sustainability issues in Thailand and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The program features 3 days of expert presentations, field trip and discussion on the key issue faced by rural (mostly farming) communities in Thailand. The discussion will examine current policy and how they impact on rural communities, research needs and the views of rural community members.
The MOST School is led by Chulalongkorn University under the the Thai MOST National Liaison Committee. Expert speakers will come from Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Why rural sustainability?
With rapid urbanization in ASEAN region, major national policies are targeted at fulfilling the needs of urban populations. As a result, rural areas have been neglected and socio-economic and spatial inequity is apparent. Meanwhile, urban sprawl gradually erases agricultural fields and turns them into suburbs with large housing or industrial patches. Rural agriculture has adopted new technology since the first green revolution, and now the soil and water has been ripped off their ecological values and reduced to its worth only as natural resources for agricultural production. Therefore, rural sustainability is a common critical issue in ASEAN these days.
This MOST school aims to enhance understanding on complexity of these critical rural sustainability issues and build capacity of young scholars, researchers and members of civil society groups to address the issues and identify gaps in policy and practices. In addition, the school provides platform for discussion on innovative ways of looking at problems and identifying long-term solutions.