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Type Journal Article - South East Asian Journal of Management
Title Knowledge Management at the Village Level: How Thai Rice Farmers Incorporate Technologies to Improve Production Systems
Author(s)
Volume 1
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
URL http://journal.ui.ac.id/index.php/tseajm/article/viewFile/1780/1368
Abstract
The shift from agricultural to industrial and from industrial to knowledge societies has
affected the ways farmers run their small-scale field activities in Central Thailand. To remain
competitive, rice farmers need to continuously incorporate innovations and upgrade their
technologies to sustain operations. These innovations and technologies may be seen in
practically all aspects of the rice production process – from seed selection to fertilization,
from seed raising and growth to irrigation, from crop protection to harvesting, threshing and
drying.
The study basically aims to explore the plausibility of rice farming villages as “learning
organizations” and within these villages, the viability of forming “communities of practice.”
In so doing, it investigates how the rice farming village under study organizes, shares, moves
and gains information on rice farming. The study was conducted in Baan Sap Som Boon,
Nonglue Subdistrict, Muang District, Chainat Province. The study uses a qualitative,
exploratory and descriptive design. It uses both primary and secondary data and an
ethnographic study approach. Research method and techniques consist of review of materials,
interview with key persons and farmers in the community, interview with government personnel
and field observations. Data generation was conducted from October 2004 to July 2005 in
Chainat Province, Thailand.

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