Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Rice Is Out, Beans Are in as Thailand's Farmers Return to School

  • Farmers get paid to learn alternatives to growing rice
  • Worst drought in 20 years to cost Thai economy $2.4 billion

Rice farmer Prapatpon Rungsatien perches on a plastic chair in a classroom in rural Thailand. Ceiling fans stir the humid air as she and 49 of her neighbors hunker down for a talk on Southeast Asian economics.

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