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My name is Salee Chantalusai I am a representative from one of the families who participated in this study. Where we live, most of our food is gathered from the wild. [Aquatic resources] are very beneficial to us. They sustain every family in this village. The aquatic resources taken and eaten from rice fields such as frogs, snails, shrimp, crabs, fish, and plants... Data from the survey shows these resources have greater economic value than even the cost of rice, per day. I had never given much thought to how many aquatic animals I ate. After keeping a record for ten days, I was very surprised at the total amount of all I ate and especially when you add up the amount consumed by all the families - it was a lot. From this study we feel that these aquatic resources could become scarce. We need to use them more carefully and protect them for our children. We now want to find ways to raise aquatic animals so that we can increase these resources. This project was different than other projects. Each part of this project of gathering data - we did ourselves. District and provincial extension officers worked together with communities to implement this survey. Other projects, just tell us what to do. This project was really good. This RRI project was the start of testing a new process of working within our organization. We wanted a more sustainable way of working with people. We have seen the benefits of building the capacity of our extension staff and the strength of communities in making things happen. Through the RRI, we created our own project plans. And now, if there is something the farmers want to learn, I can submit a workplan higher up to make it happen. When these workplans were instead created at a higher level and given to us to implement, they might not have understood the real needs of the community. As a district level officer, I work closest to farmers and more easily understand their issues. In the future, I'd like to continue this kind of process, of gathering the community together and talking about what the needs are, and then writing up a project proposal. Central level government staff need to work closely with local government and communities to better understand their needs. It’s not effective for central level staff to create workplans and dictate its implementation on communities. “Do this, do that” - It doesn’t work. They might do what we say, but it's not lasting. It's not sustainable. The farmers live closest to the real issues and they’re in charge of themselves - so this way is more sustainable. This was a great opportunity given to us by FAO to do this project ourselves. Without shrimp, snails, crabs, and fish... we couldn't live.

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RRI Final_No Subs

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