Growing the Future: Poachers to Protectors

$325 $22,675
Raised Remaining


This project helps disadvantaged rural families in Thailand start sustainable organic farming as an alternative to poaching wildlife and illegal logging in protected areas.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

There are hundreds of poor rural villages in close proximity to Central Thailand’s Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex, which is home to endangered tigers, elephants, hornbills, bears, gibbons, and many other wild animals. The few opportunities for employment pay low wages, barely enough to subsist on. Communities rely on the forest in many ways, but unsustainable poaching is damaging the environment and threatening legitimate livelihoods, such as farming.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project helps rural families escape poverty and crime on a path that reduces pressures on nearby ecosystems and wildlife, by providing training and establishment support for their own low-impact, sustainable organic farming businesses.

Potential Long Term Impact

The organic farming businesses this project helps establish are sustainable and have been shown to reduce poaching by up to 70%. Villages reached become models for surrounding villages to copy, magnifying the impact and allowing wildlife to rebound.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $325

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $325 .  The original project funding goal was $23,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Seamas McCaffrey

Bangkok, Bangkok Thailand

Where is this project located?

Map of Growing the Future: Poachers to Protectors