SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 12, No 2 (2012)

The Analytical Study on Living Balance and Behavioral Adjustment of the Farmers: Case Study of Chiang Mai Sufficiency Economy Community Learning Centers

Kamonthip Kamchai




Abstract


The implementation of the Sufficiency Economy in the agricultural sector, in the context of sufficiency, balance of natural resources, quality of agricultural produce and benefits of happiness, is the prime transformative learning leading to changes in basis of thought, belief, knowledge, attitude and former culture of farmers. Such learning under
the sufficiency economy has been applied to economic activities and living balance of the farmers. Five aspects of the living balance were analyzed as follows: uncertainty which happened to production and living, self-reliance and self-control, capital for making a living, living strategy, and the outcome. Concerning the achievement after conducting
production activities, the farmers have adjusted their behavior under the analysis in living strategy and the outcome. There were changes in six aspects as follows, the reduction in expenses and costs of production, the increase in income and saving, living condition, conservation and utilization of natural resources and environment and generosity and sharing in communities. The achievement in learning to adjust the farmers’ behaviors to those based on the Sufficiency Economy has
created balance in production, investment, consumption and saving. This has efficiently caused secured remuneration in moderate quantity and within reasonable limits and produced immunity under the Sufficiency Economy.

Key Words: Living Balance; Adjustment of Farmers; Sufficiency Economy; Transformative Learning

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