Personal Attributes Influencing the Poverty of Thai Farmers

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Satit Niyomyaht
Dhitiporn Keerajit


The main objective of this study was to determine the personal attributes influencing the poverty of Thai farmers. The study was qualitative in nature. The needed data were obtained from documents, non-participant observations, and in-depth interviews with the poor and the nonpoor farmers totaling 30 farmers. Farming households living below 32,000 baths a year were regarded as poor farmers or poor households. The collected data were analyzed by means of analytical interpretations. As a result of the data analysis, the following facts were brought to light.

          The salient characteristics of the poor farmers were as follows: 1. Their ancestors were poor and their family sizes were large. 2. The way that they socialized their children were deficient. 3. Their interactions with the outside world were limited, they had no social power, they were not brave enough to take risks, and they possessed undesirable work habits. 4. They had ‘present-oriented’ values rather than ‘future-oriented’ ones. 5. The number of their work skills was so few that they were not capable of doing supplementary work. 6. They were inclined to get involved in gambling. 7. They were unable to gain access to financial institutions, politicians, and public officials. With regard to the non-poor farmers, on the whole, their characteristics were in large measure in contrast to the characteristics of the poor farmers.

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Niyomyaht, S., & Keerajit, D. (2022). Personal Attributes Influencing the Poverty of Thai Farmers. Journal of Multidisciplinary in Humanities and Social Sciences, 5(1), 339–351. Retrieved from
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