Division 2: Agriculture Division



The overall aims of Division 2 are the competitiveness of Thai agricultural products as well as the well-being of farmers.

Division 2 supports knowledge-creation for specific end users. Research areas include: occupations and alternative occupations for farmers and entrepreneurs, policy options, value creation through the exploitation of indigenous plants and animals. The impact of climate change, the ASEAN economic community and free trade zone, new technologies, consumer trends and aging society are well taken in designing of research programs.


Four major areas of research:

  • Commodity-based research; involves the whole supply chain of plants, livestock and aquatic animals, as well as related issues.
  • Issues-based research; covers food security, agricultural policy and Thai functional fruits.
  • Area-based research; covers Chainat, Nakhon Pathom, Surat Thani, Chaiyaphum and Phrae provinces.
  • Sustainable production and consumption.

Regarding the TRF Strategic Research Issues, Division 2 is responsible for research on food security.


TRF's Division 2 also supports the establishment of excellent centers in collaboration with the universities in order that the related field of studies could work together. Currently, 8 centers supported are as follows:

1. The R&D Center and Network for Meat Science and Technology

2. The R&D Center for Increasing the Value of Native Plants

3. The R&D Center for Animal Breeding (Native Chicken)

4. The R&D Center for Longan

5. The R&D Center for Testing Natural Products for Animal

6. The Duck Health Science Center

7. The Eri Silk Center

8. The Pomelo Science Center


The expected outcomes are as follows:

1. Appropriate technology for the development of the commodities specified along with a better understanding of the incurred risks and opportunities,

2. Better knowledge of the functional effects of Thai fruits,

3. Policy recommendations,

4. Development of future research topics and capacity building to accommodate the needs of particular provinces, and

5. Total integration of the agricultural supply chain.



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