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Martin Wheeler, a Latin scholar and former bricklayer who now lives as a farmer, greets his neighbours in the traditional Thai way on his plot of land. Martin, who is in his early 40s, is a fluent Thai speaker and has been living in Thailand for just over a decade with his Thai wife and three young children. He aims to become self-sufficient and is working along with local NGOs and universities in the Khon Kaen region to promote sustainable farming techniques for indigenous farmers. His land was formerly used for rice cultivation, but he has diversified into growing bananas, teak trees, vegetables and herbs for traditional medicines. He cites that rice production alone cannot provide sufficient income at a macro scale since present rice yields in Thailand are some of the lowest in the world, despite the fact that Thailand is one of the world's leading exporters of rice.