Thailand

BAAC pushing support schemes

The state-owned Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) aims to help the 30% of low-income earners under the state welfare scheme who apply for job training programmes to rise above the poverty line. Under the second phase of the government’s welfare and subsidy scheme, the …

by · Sunday, 15 April 2018 · Thailand

Trade unions open a centre for women

WITH the income generated by women much needed for the support of their families owing to a 37.5 per cent poverty rate, Myanmar’s largest workers organisation – the Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM) – has opened a Women Workers’ Centre in Hlaing Thar Yar township of Yangon …

by · Sunday, 15 April 2018 · Myanmar, Thailand

Princess says to produce wider range of food to improve nutrition

Of the 815 million people that suffered from hunger in 2016, 490 million, or 60 per cent, lived in Asia and the Pacific. The official UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030 remains within reach, he said, but urged that countries build r…

by · Friday, 13 April 2018 · Thailand

UN agency unveils app for reducing poverty

In easy-to-understand ways, it explains the basic principles of social protection and the impact it can have on poverty reduction, social cohesion, economic growth and the environment. The Toolbox features two e-learning modules developed with Developm…

by · Monday, 9 April 2018 · Thailand

Low-cost shops take off

The Thong Fah Pracha Rat shops are part of a 41.9-billion-baht aid package approved by the cabinet on Aug 29 of last year, aimed at 11.7 million low-income earners — 5 million of whom live below the poverty line. Apart from providing low-priced consum…

by · Friday, 6 April 2018 · Thailand

Mekong River dams ‘will harm food security’

The results of research on the scenarios of full scale hydropower dam development on the Mekong River show that fish biomass and biodiversity will be gravely harmed and diminished, causing a food shortage, malnutrition, and lower income among poor peop…

by · Tuesday, 3 April 2018 · Thailand

Mekong River dams ‘will harm food security’

The results of research on the scenarios of full scale hydropower dam development on the Mekong River show that fish biomass and biodiversity will be gravely harmed and diminished, causing a food shortage, malnutrition, and lower income among poor peop…

by · Tuesday, 3 April 2018 · Thailand
Five lessons in infrastructure pricing from East Asia and Pacific

Five lessons in infrastructure pricing from East Asia and Pacific

Photo: © Dini Sari Djalal/World Bank

In the infrastructure domain, “price” is a prism with many façades.
 
An infrastructure economist sees price in graphic terms: the coordinates of a point where demand and supply curves intersect.
 
For governmen…

Chiang Rai’s Ethnic Minorities Quit Opium Poppies for Coffee

“The Princess Mother said ‘I will reforest Doi Tung’ and that she wouldn’t live here without a development project,” said Visitorn Rajatanarvin from the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, a private non-profit organisation that works to improve the quality of life of people in poverty.

by · Saturday, 24 March 2018 · Thailand

Welfare recipients skip skills training en masse

The second phase of the government’s welfare and subsidy scheme is aimed at addressing the root causes of poverty, requiring recipients to sign up for skills training programmes last month to obtain an additional living allowance of 100-200 baht a month to buy goods at Thong Fah Pracha Rat shops, …

by · Monday, 19 March 2018 · Thailand