Sustainability of small and medium-sized agro-industries in Northern Thailand

A. Wattanapinyo

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


For many yearsThailandhas faced unexpected environmental impacts and risks from (industrial) development. In spreading over the country these impacts and risks have caused growing social conflicts around resident communities in rural areas. In investigating the (un)sustainability of agro-food processing industries inThailand, this study developed a methodology to analyze and assess the potential contributions of core actors in stimulating industrial performance into more environmentally sound directions. Aquartet-networkmethodology, based on the Ecological Modernization Theory , was used to analyze the institutions and actors involved in three key industrial food-processing sectors: fruit and vegetable processing, animal and meat processing, and fruit wine processing. In these sectors 15 case study companies inNorthern Thailandhave been studied in-depth, in order to clarify how and to what extent small and medium-sized agro-food processing industries could improve their environmental performance.These case studies reveal the opportunities and constraints in applying strategies and options to green the food-processing industrial sector inNorthern Thailand, and the role of various actors and institutions in moving along such a trajectory.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Mol, Arthur, Promotor
Award date10 Oct 2006
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789085044772
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2006


  • environmental policy
  • sustainability
  • economic development
  • industry
  • agroindustrial sector
  • modernization
  • ecology
  • small businesses
  • food processing
  • thailand
  • economic change


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