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The long road to becoming a farmer: Thai agricultural students' plans

Filloux Titouan, Faysse Nicolas, Pintobtang Prapart. 2019. The long road to becoming a farmer: Thai agricultural students' plans. Outlook on Agriculture, 48 (4) : pp. 273-281.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : AGRICULTURE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY

Abstract : In past decades, young people in newly industrialized Asian countries have become progressively less involved in farming. In Thailand, providing support to young people to start farming is one possible way to ensure that some farms will continue to innovate and play an active economic role in the future. This study investigated if and how Thai agriculture students plan to become farmers. We interviewed a total of 187 agriculture students taking vocational courses or working towards a university degree focused on training future farmers. Among these students, 61% planned to become full-time farmers at some point in the future and 32% planned to farm part-time as a secondary income-generating activity. Most of the students aimed to set up farms that were diversified, knowledge-intensive and capital-intensive. Therefore, although many students came from a farming family and would be able to access some of their parents' land in the future, most considered that they did not have yet the necessary resources, such as capital and farming skills, to become farmers. Consequently, many students planned to spend time, often up to 10 years and sometimes more, acquiring these resources before starting a farm. Public policies could provide support to shorten this period if graduates in agriculture are to be among young people who engage in farming.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Jeunesse rurale, Formation professionnelle, Éducation, Politique de développement, Politique agricole

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Thaïlande

Mots-clés complémentaires : Politique publique

Mots-clés libres : Agricultural students, Setting up a farm, Thailand, Vocational training, Youth aspirations

Classification Agris : C10 - Education
E14 - Development economics and policies
E50 - Rural sociology

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 2 (2019-) - Transitions agroécologiques

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Filloux Titouan, Chulalongkorn University (THA) - auteur correspondant
  • Faysse Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (THA)
  • Pintobtang Prapart, Chulalongkorn University (THA)

Source : Cirad-Agritrop (https://agritrop.cirad.fr/594433/)

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