- The MFLF was originally founded in 1972 as the Thai Hill Crafts Foundation under the Royal
Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra. It was renamed the MFLF in 1985.
- The Doi Tung Development Project covers 29 villages in an area of 93,515 rai (14,962 hectares). It
began in 1988 under the auspices of the MFLF.
- The objective of MFLF: To catalyze the growth of sustainable economic, social, cultural and environmental development through an area-based, people-centric approach, in three stages survival, sufficiency and sustainability.
- Original scenario: In 1988, 70% of the villagers of Doi Tung did not have nationality; the area was arid as a result of shifting cultivation; there was no basic infrastructure; the average income was 3,772 baht (USD 118) per person per year; there were 3 armed vigilante forces; illicit crop cultivation, addiction and trafficking as well as human trafficking were thriving.
- Drug rehabilitation: In 1992, the drug rehabilitation centre was set up at Ban Pha Mee in the area of the DTDP to enable 500 addicts to return to society with dignity.
- Apart from the DTDP, the MFLF’s flagship projects also included the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Centre and the Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park.
- The Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, established in 1972, houses the region's largest collection of art items from the Lanna culture. Originally known as Rai Mae Fah Luang, Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park started first as the office of the Thai Hill Crafts Foundation.
- The Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park, is an interactive museum that compiles knowledge about narcotic drugs. It was opened in 2005, with the aim educating the public on the dangers of narcotic drugs.
- In 2002, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recognized the DTDP as a model for alternative development and the sustainable reduction of poverty.
- Doi Tung social enterprises: There are 4 social enterprises, namely handicrafts, food products (macadamia and coffee), horticulture and tourism.
- Sustainable development: In 1988, the average income was 3,772 baht (USD 118) per person per year; in 2016, it was 94,240 baht (USD 2,944).
- From red zone to tourism destination: Today the DTDP is open all year round to tourists, with several points of interest such as the Doi Tung Royal Villa, the Mae Fah Luang Garden, the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum, Doi Chang Moob and the Hall of Inspiration, all of which bring a steady income to the local communities.
- Partnerships: Since 2007, the DTDP has been producing hand-crafted products for IKEA, most of which are exported and sold overseas.
- Training with experts: The DTDP has partnered with Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, a city that is renowned for its ceramic art. Through the programme, Kasama has helped to develop the grade of Doi Tung’s ceramics and the skills of our artisans. Recently Doi Tung’s ceramic artists presented their work at the annual Himatsuri earthenware festival in Kasama alongside local ceramic artists.
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