“Doing it just as a job will never lead to sustainability,” said M.R. Disnadda Diskul, Chairman of the MFLF and the Royal initiative Discovery Institute (RIDI) at the annual RIDI press conference at Montien Hotel.
RIDI has been carrying out development projects based on the King’s development principles and the Mae Fah Luang manual in Nan, Udon Thani, Phetchabun, Kalasin, Uthai Thani, Khon Kaen, Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, which have been successful in improving people’s livelihoods and increasing their income.
The key to success is an “explosion from within”, with the full participation and input from local villagers in terms of ideas, labour and management. To achieve self-reliance, villagers have to start by “growing everything they eat, and eating everything they grow”, and then surveying market demands.
For sustainability, SE has to comprise 2 elements – Social Enterprise and Sufficiency Economy.
There are three levels towards sustainability – Survival, Sufficiency and Sustainability. An indicator of true sustainability is when the local villagers can continue the work on their own after the foundation has exited the project.