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Social Capital in Community Organizing for Land Protection and Food Security

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Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556, Australia
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School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556, Australia
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Received: 25 January 2020 / Revised: 24 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 28 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land, Land Use and Social Issues)
Since 2016, the Thai Government has pursued a twenty-year national economic growth policy, Thailand 4.0, promoting innovation and stimulating international investment through the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project. The EEC project involves significant land acquisition resulting in the need to relocate villagers with potential impact on food security in a major food production area. This research explored the concerns of a local farming community regarding the potential loss of their farmland and means of livelihood under the EEC project using a case study in Ban Pho District of Chachoengsao (CCS) province. It described their resulting action to protect their farmland using community organizing. Data was collected through documents, observation and semi-structured interviews of key stakeholders. The results demonstrate the role of social capital in community organizing. We contend that high social capital stock is a necessary precursor to create conditions for community members to take steps to defend and protect their interests. This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of the role of social capital in community organizing in cases involving natural resource management. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use; food security; social capital; community organizing; EEC Thailand; land protection; economic development land use; food security; social capital; community organizing; EEC Thailand; land protection; economic development
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    Description: Figure 1. Map showing the three provinces in Eastern Thailand designated for the delivery of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project. Source: Thailand Board of Investment. Figure 2. Map showing Chachoengsao (CCS) province including the districts of Ban Pho for context (source: modified from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chachoengsao_Province and https://dmcrth.dmcr.go.th/mcra2/aboutus/444/). Figure 3. Map of land use in Ban Pho district in 2012 and 2018. Source: Department of Public works and Towns and Country Planning. Figure 4. The local people at Nong Teen Nok are collecting prawns for sales and some crabs for personal use in the pond. Source: first author.
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Cheevapattananuwong, P.; Baldwin, C.; Lathouras, A.; Ike, N. Social Capital in Community Organizing for Land Protection and Food Security. Land 2020, 9, 69.

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