Project's aim

This project aims to develop a model of an integrated Community Farming System on the AIT Campus utilising renewable energy technologies to ensure the security of food, nutrition and energy.

Location

Thailand

Renewable Energy Technologies for Integrated Community Farming Systems

This project seeks to develop a model of an integrated Community Farming System utilising renewable energy technologies to ensure the security of food, nutrition and energy. The project focuses on homestead gardening and aims for the AIT campus community to grow vegetables and to farm fish for their own benefit.

Each garden will be managed by a group of campus members who will participate in the whole value chain – including soil preparation, planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing and marketing. 

 The crops and the fish will be sold at the market on site, creating employment and ensuring the sustainability of the model. The community will run the project through a participatory management approach, deciding what to grow, agreeing on how to maintain the homestead, selecting the price of the produce, managing the funds for the maintenance and replacement of equipment, and making future decisions.

The project aims are:

  • To construct a solar photovoltaic powered pump to irrigate the garden
  • To use vegetable and other organic waste from residences to feed a biogas digester, which will provide gas for cooking
  • To set up a solar dryer to dry crops and/or fish
This project aligns with AIT’s initiative of a “sustainability living laboratory” to showcase sustainability principles and measures to the AIT community and visitors. To disseminate the model and provide information about how to replicate it, AIT aims to conduct a workshop for regional leaders and their communities. Further information can be retrieved from the project's website