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The Royal Project Foundation
The Royal Project Foundation
 
One of initiated projects of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Funded by His Majesty's personal fund, the Royal Project commenced its works in 1969, with the aim of improving the quality of life of hill-tribe people, to diminish their opium growing and to revive the forests and water resources.
The Royal Project Foundation

Background

"The Royal Project Foundation" - One of initiated projects of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Funded by His Majesty's personal fund, the Royal Project commenced its works in 1969, with the aim of improving the quality of life of hill-tribe people, to diminish their opium growing and to revive the forests and water resources. The workforce was drawn from volunteers from universities and related government agencies, who joined hands to conduct research and development projects in various areas. In 1992, H.M. the King graciously raised the status of the Royal Project to become the Royal Project Foundation serving as a permanent public entity to carry on the work of the Royal Project.  Its major activities consist of research, development, and marketing. Royal Project Foundation is regarded as the first success project for opium cultivation elimination by proposing the alternative development for highland people.

 

Benefits

- The Royal Project has supported more than 39,277 families, 288 villages 168,445 people living in the highland through its 38  development centers located in 5 Northern provinces; Chiang Mai, Lampung, Chiang Rai, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son.

- At present, the farmers  in the Royal Project areas, 39,277 households, earned an average annual income of about 140,000 Baht per household generating more than 10 times better than income from opium poppy.

- The RPF operation guidelines have been eapanded to other highland areas with the implementation of Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) at 29 centers in Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Nan,  Kamphaeng Phet and Kanchanaburi.

- The successful outcome of the Royal Project Foundation in the development of the quality of life of the highland communities, crop replacement, strengthening of people and communities and the restoration of watershed forests in the highlands of the country has contributed to the technical cooperation with many countries in the exchange of knowledge in highland development with Taiwan ROC, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Bhutan.