Thailand has successfully implemented agricultural development policies to tackle food insecurity.
Nationally, Thailand is a food surplus country with other countries in the region looking to Thailand for rice exports in times of shortage; regionally, households struggle with access to food, especially in remote rural areas. Food prices and production costs particularly impact poor rural households.
Areas for Improvement
There are concrete goals policy makers can work towards to improve food security in Thailand:
- Thailand remains highly vulnerable to a rise in sea-levels; policies should focus on adapting to climate change consequences to prevent agricultural productivity loss
- Thailand’s worsening political situation negatively impacts food security – particularly for poor rural households; therefore efforts should focus on maintaining low inflation and safety amongst the growing urban population