The impact of socio-economic conditions, including the pandemic, affect the food chain and people in poverty, resulting in a shortage of food for consumption. Khon Kaen University builds food security by supporting and strengthening farmers, who are responsible for producing food for society, to increase agricultural productivity and consumption of food that is safe and sufficient for consumption needs. There are studies and research to create a body of knowledge and technology for sustainable production and agriculture, such as agricultural product processing and rice productivity technology.
Khon Kaen University has programs which can help to eradicate hunger and malnutrition through knowledge and technology transfer, such as training on production principles and certification for GAP and organic agriculture. Also, the development of a learning center for safe vegetable and forage production turning wasteland into a household food source. In addition, a Beef Cattle-Buffalo Cultivation Efficiency Development Project to increase productivity and reduce costs, as well as a Project to develop the potential of organic agriculture to become a food bank, creating a menu from ingredients that are available in the community and promoting sustainable agriculture and food safety systems.
Furthermore, Khon Kaen University provides food that is safe, adequate and cheap for students. Also, a variety of food such as health food, Islamic food and establishing a place to sell safe food (AGRO OUTLET). Food waste is handled from food distribution centers and processed and used to make fertilizer.
Policy and operation
Khon Kaen University focuses on research for sustainable development to eradicate poverty, end of the shortages of food, energy and water, through research that promote human resource development and effective policy communication. The policies are:
- Promote of creating knowledge and innovation for ensuring food, energy, and water security, through multidisciplinary research collaboration aimed to academic excellence and sustainable solution.
- Support academic researchers, research staff, and graduate studies staff to improve research capabilities, through KKU research group, research program, and specialize research centers among Mekong sub-region.
- Facilitate organizational learning and knowledge management for food, energy and water security in all segment aimed to drive efficient public policy.
- Determine the direction, policy and research strategy on the country's food, energy and water security by establishing leading research institute of the Mekong sub-region for food, energy and water security.