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Roon & Rice ?

Roon and Rice is an initiative of two people that have been working some 25 + years in and around the Northeast of Thailand. This website is both in Thai and in English. However, it does not imply that the Thai side is an exact translation of the English or the other way around, but rather that we try to express our ideas in 2 different cultural environments. 

Our focus: Development with an emphasis on healthy and natural.  We believe good health and proximity to nature is beneficial for all people. We see "Mother Earth" as the source of life in every way, and therefore if you mistreat the Earth and go against the ways of nature you hurt, mistreat and damage yourself, your children and other loved ones. We believe in the capacity of humans to be in charge of their own life (high level of self-reliance) and in their capacity to understand processes. Therefore we gladly promote self-reliance and hands on (learning by doing) education. We also believe in Thailand as a leader in the region, and observe a growing number of people that share our views. We believe that a great number of initiatives in Thailand can be inspiring for the countries surrounding Thailand, and, if possible, we will do our best to promote them. 

The founders of Rice&Roon are Frank Riezebos and Nakorn Najaroon, both active in Thailand development since 2532.

So...what can Roon & Rice do for you?   

We offer our advice, knowledge, skills,and expertise through consultancy.

We are both fluent in Thai and English. Apart from that Nakorn Najaroon is also fluent in Lao and Puthai and has basic understanding of Japanese as well. Frank Riezebos is fluent in Dutch, French, Portuguese, German, with good knowledge of Spanish. 

We are both people that travel internationally, so trips to surrounding countries or further (Japan, India, South America, etc) would not make us feel unconfortable in any way. The logo's at the bottom part of our website show the organisations we were somehow involved in or worked for.


So... how can you help Roon & Rice to survive? 


We give our time, our energy, our skills and our experience for free to work on issues concerning health, self-reliance of poor, fighting against the use of pesticides, teaching about earth building to be self-reliant, or when our help is implored by the helpless. We can give lectures, go out and do interviews, translate existing youtube clips, do presentations (that we put on our youtube channel ) for the people to watch.

Sometimes we can produce T-shirts with a message, or bring out booklets, or be at the side of the poorer part of the population. 

Because of your donation (even very small donation, from where ever you are in the world) we can continue our struggle. We can continue to inform. We can try to obtain rights where now there are none. We can fight the polluting of the waters and the earth, we can help the helpless, we can put an emphasis on healthy and resist to who ever sells unhealthy, we can point out, we can. We can, because you help us. Otherwise, we can't.

Please send your donations if you wish to support Roon & Rice to: 

Account nr.               0481201381

Account name:      CHROMPOO PROMPAISON

Bank Name:              Kasikorn

Country:                     Thailand

BIC / swift                   KASITHBKXXX


We thank you in advance for the people that you are helping. 





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Frank Riezebos

MSc. Development Sociology
University of Wageningen
The Netherlands

Nakorn Najaroon

MSc. Development Sociology
Khon Kaen University

Thiantham Kongthong

IT Support KKU

Teerapon Nampakdee

IT Support KKU


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 Note: We can be reachted at Email:

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Topics: We devide in Past Activities, Present Activities and Future Activities. As the future is never certain and depends on so many factors, future activities can also be read as fields and topics we would like to get involved in.


Past Activities: 

1989 - 1992 (Frank Riezebos & Nakorn Najaroon): Lam Nam Oon, Lam Pao

       In this period 2 studies were done regarding the relationship between farmers, agro-companies and the national irrigation authority. This study was done in 2 areas, the Lam Nam Oon area in Sakon Nakhon, and the Lam Pao area in Kalasin. Agencies involved were GTZ (Germany), RID (Thailand), Euroconsult (The Netherlands), Gitec (Germany). The conclusion in a few words: The farmer loses out when trusting the companies, and the government authorities in general tend to favor the company's interest, with a few exeptions of very motivated government staff that favor the farmer side. It is a bitter struggle for them, as the financial power of companies is huge.


1993 (Frank Riezebos): The Rachabat

During a period for about 1 year I was a teacher at the Rachabat Institute in Sakon Nakhon. I was active in the department of Management Science. There I tought students English, but also Economics. At that time the Rachabat was in transition from Rachabat Institute to Rachabat University, which it now is. I visited many other Rachabat Institutes at that time.


1994 (Frank Riezebos & Nakorn Najaroon): Country home

During a period for about 1 year we ran a study center called the Country Home. It was located behind the Khon Kaen University. The idea was to make it a center of exchange between students from Khon Kaen University who were somehow involved in development or were interested in the English language or other languages. In the Netherlands we have something like a praat café (translated into talk cafe, where the focus is on idea exchange), and this is what we tried to achieve here. It was lots of fun, but ended prematurely because the lease of the building ended

1997 (Frank Riezebos): Franky Farangsonpha    แฟรงกี้ ฝรั่งซ่อนผ้า 

Together with Kita and with ONPA as a distributor the project of the album Franky Farangsonpha (แฟรงกี้ ฝรั่งซ่อนผ้า) In the light of dominating the Thai language, and as an expression for "the love of Thailand" this album was made.

Click here, or here, or here, or here or here if you want to hear more 





2016 (Frank Riezebos): Frank Aviation Safety


At the request of an aviation school in the Northeast of Thailand I did a study to identify cultural aspects that may interfere with aviation safety.  I used my experience as a glider pilot, did some interviews of commercial flight pilots and any other available information. The study pointed out that in Thailand, and in Asia in general, the captain is always right, even though he is wrong. A first officer will prefer to fly against a mountain rather then tell his boss that there is a mountain ahead that he did not see. This also means that in society, when the leadership of an organisation changes, whole departments may vanish instantly, and others may be born just as fast.

To read the full text of the study click here


Present Activities


2015-Now (Frank Riezebos & Nakorn Najaroon): Trans-hybrids

In this initiative our aim is to include electric vehicle in Thailand through modification of existing vehicles rather then the introduction of new vehicles. The aim would be to transform the chain driven motorcycle. An example of such a motorcycle is the Honda Wave. There are approx. 10 million of these motorcycles on the road now. They drive an approx. 20 km's per day. Through modification of the rear wheel, by adding an electric hub motor (3000W) this motorcycle becomes hybrid. The battery pack can be purchased following the necessaty of the user. The risk of being on the way without electricity is not a problem, as their is always the original motor (gazoline). Added to this project is the solar installation to charge 1 battery pack while the second battery pack is being used by the motorcyle. 24 Volt versions and 48 Volt versions have been tested. This initiative is tied to a more international initiative that also includes trans-hybrid light cars. Some information can be found at  

The trans-hybrid does a number of things:

1. Electric vehicle NOW:  We all like to dream of the future, and what kind of electric vehicle we will purchase. We all hope that at that time there will be ways to charge on the way.  And,  for REAL ENVIRONMENTAL LOVERS, we hope that the clean electricity does not come from coal based electricity production (right now, it does!!!)

2. Electricity available: Getting gas stations everywhere in the country so that you can basically tank everywhere,  took over 60 years. Getting electric stations or points where you can charge your car or (motorcycle in our case) will take a long time. Development is slow, and believe me, being out of electricity on the way is much more complicated then being out of gazoline. Because our solution is transforming your existing vehicle into a hybrid, you always have the back up gazoline. It is a bit like the vehicles that run on LPG. They have LPG, but when they can not find the LPG station, they can get home on gazoline.

3. We HATE TO PRODUCE WASTE: Use what you have instead of dreaming about what you might purchase in the future. These transformations make use of an existing motorcycle. Even it is has some small problems with the engine, most of it is simply ready to use. We all know (do we?) that producing a new vehicle (gazoline or electric) is something costing so very much money, energy, oil, plastic, rubber, copper, metal, aluminium, etc. Also, if you buy new, you throw away old, and you produce waste. Sure, metal can be recycled, copper too, but rubber no, and plastic hardly.

4. SELF-RELIANCE: The transformation is easy. It can be done by any local motorcycle workshop. In this project we would provide prototype, parts (with the suppliers) and training. We are URGENLTY looking for sponsors of parts for our demo, which we would love to present at the 


2017-Now (Frank Riezebos & Nakorn Najaroon): Active  Birth and how the Government could save 7 500 Million Baht every year:

Active Birth is a way of giving birth where the pregnant mother is mostly in a vertical position to promote the effects of gravity on the baby. It also includes the participation of husband and/or family members. The Active Birth movement started back in the 1970s in the UK as a reaction to what was rapidly becoming the norm: women labouring while lying on their backs (supine position) confined to a bed (no mobility), where the doctor and nurse are the only active ones.

Active birthers point out that for thousands of years women have used a variety of positions to give birth in, many of them upright, and that moving around during labour and changing position can help to relieve labour pains and help the body do its job. At the most simple level it makes sense to work with gravity to push your baby out.

It is astonishing to see that even Academic University Hospitals adhere to the supine position (women labouring while lying on their backs), something developed by King Louis 14, that developped this method so he could have a better view of the vaginas of his mistresses. As he said:" Put them on a table so I can see!!!  If you make them stand or squat, I can not see anything !!!") . Because of the fact that the supine position is still used in Thailand (eventhough the evidence prooving it is more painful, more dangerous, and more stressful both for baby and mother) mothers and babies suffer more then necessary. Using the supine position increases the cost for the hospital at approx. 2.5 times. So, through active birthing the cost would be average 10 000 Baht, whereas the cost of supine birthing would be 25 000 Baht. The extra cost of Supine Birthing is hard to estimate, and we would gladly participate in a study on this topic.


But, estimates tell us that Supine birthing costs Thailand approx.  500 000 (births) x 15000 Baht = 7 500 000 000 Baht  Extra ( 210 million USD, or 180 million EURO) It seems really time to change, not only because it is better for mother, child and family structure, but this way the Thai Government would save 7500 million Baht. (note, this is an estimation, not a fact. The actual number might be higher, or lower: Let's research it!)

But there are more cost that maybe hard to quantify in Baht:

Unnecessary extra pain for the mother, the exclusion of the husband (regulation do in 90% of the cases not allow the husband to be with his wife), extra stress for the child, higher chances of C-section necessity, higher risk of lactation problems, more tearing, less desire to give more births, and such growing distance between husband and wife, etc. Also here we would like to research in detail, or participate in existing research.

Together with advocates of Active Birth (Thai and foreign) we are presently requesting support from the Faculty of Medicine of the Khon Kaen University in Thailand, and of the Erasmus University of the Netherlands to perform a cost benifit analysis on Active Birth (including pain management with the minimum of medicine, the Doula introduction in the Thai system, Perenial massage and stretching). Apart from the financial benefit to the Thai Government, we will also make an attempt to quantify the benefit to mothers, children born, and the strength of the couple (husband-wife). 





















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Why is our focus on Healthy and Natural?


There is a straight line between the Earth (Nature) and the Human. It is the only good line, a safe line and a healthy line. When food comes from the earth and goes directly to us, it is both good and safe. However, when food comes from the earth where fungacides, pesticides herbicides are used, and goes to the factory where color and conservation is added, and then goes to our mouth, we are at risk. Why? Because making money has become the objective. Profit is the goal now, not our health, nor our wellbeing, nor the wellbeing of the earth our it's children. It is quite simple: The cheaper the process, the better it is for the factory owner and the producer of this food. The better the taste, the more the factory owner sells. Add sugar and salt, you sell even better, even though in the process you will likely contract diabetes and high blood pressure. Add preservatives, the food can be kept longer even though in the process you may contract cancer., add color, you can make it more attractive but enhance asthma. Here is a list of preservatives. Finally, companies can turn good food into poison just to increase the shelf life or to make it more transportable. A very small dosage of poison maybe, or, as some government agencies like to call it, an acceptable dosage of poison. We believe that humanity is at risk and this is one of the reasons we developed ROON & RICE NGI. Help us in our struggle, and donate research equipment (our lab is in need of microscopes water testing equipment, soil testing equipment), time (are you good at making video's, youtube channeling, video editing?), or money (we supply a receipt that can serve as tax deduction), if you want (see below).

The earth is at risk, the seas are ridden with litter and plastic, the soils are depleted and artificially fertilized, filled with fungacide, pesticide, herbacides and our rice is poisoned with arsenicum. Why is it that some people still believe healthy food will come to us from an earth we have been mistreating for decades? More and more studies show that we have to act now to bring back the balance necessary to guarantee a safer and healthy future for us and our children. We know this, but...are we strong enough to face the Agribusiness, the producers of seeds, chemicals, and the medicine we need to because we eat infected foods? Win from big Pharma is basically impossible. 

Please send your donations if you wish to support Roon & Rice to:   

Account nr.               0481201381

Account name:      CHROMPOO PROMPAISON

Bank Name:              Kasikorn

Country:                     Thailand

BIC / swift                   KASITHBKXXX


We thank you in advance for the people that you are helping. 




























Though we travel constantly, there is an office in Khon Kean and this is the Address:

99/216 Best Home

Maliwan Road

Ban Ped Subdistrict

Khon Kean 40000













We Like  Jon Jandai      


     Jon Jandai is for us a great source of inspiration concerning all the topics he talks about. We are lucky that on occasion we can call him, and ask his advice, and his answers are always right on target. Here is a link to PunPun [พัน พรรณ] (which in this case means 1000 varieties)and this is one of the ways Jon Jandai implemants his visions. Apart from that you can search on youtube where there are at least 100 videos of his talks, interviews, workshops, etc. Search terms are: Jon Jandai  โจน จันใด  Punpun Thailand, พัน พรรณ, earth house Thailand, and more.

Thank you Jon Jandai !  Always miss you


We Like  Plernpit Promrak    


    Plernpit Promrak did amazing study concerning Birth. K. Plernpit started her first job as a Register Nurse in Srisaket province which is her birthplace. This was in a community hospital and lasted 3 years. Then K. Plernpit moved to Bangkok to work at Rajchavithee hospital in the  ICU section and the postpartum ward. The obstretic job was so rewarding to her that she took the exam to be a Thai representative to study maternal- and child health in Japan for 1 year. After her stay in Japan, she came back to do a  master's degree in Maternal and Newborn nursing at The Mahidol University in Thailand. She then moved to Chonburi province and worked at the community hospital for 3 years, followed by working in a public health center for another 3 years. She was a  lecturer at the Nursing department of the Suranary University of Technology in Korat during 4 years.

Read the full text of K. Plernpit Promrak's Thesis


We Like Pisake Lumbiganon    


Professor Pisake Lumbiganon is known worldwide for a recent study on the growing number of C-sections. The full report can be viewed here.  Apart from that his support for breast feeding of which the report can be viewed here, and in general his struggle for the empowerment pregnant women is very much in the line of Roon & Rice. The latest report of the WHO that Prof. Pisake worked on can be found here. In the following video Dr. Pisake Lumbiganon points out problems specific to Thailand that would justify urgent action.



We Like Janet Balaskas     


Janet Balaskas has helped us a lot. She is founder of the Active Birth Movement. Apart from that she is also an author and a childbirth educator. She is best know for her advocasy of Active Birth, where the woman is free to move during labour rather then being placed in stirrups or the lithotomy position. Her first book on Active Birth was published in 1983. She is now the director of the Active Birth Centre in London. Here is a link to her books. A very good explanation can be seen on this youtube video of Janet Balaskas.

For Thai readers interested in active birth, this PDF is quite interesting




Please send your donations if you wish to support Roon & Rice to: 

Account nr.               0481201381


Bank Name:              Kasikorn

Country:                     Thailand

BIC / swift                   KASITHBKXXX


We thank you in advance for the people that you are helping. 


Roon & Rice make PDF's.

We do this to share research combined with comment or opinion. These PDF's you can print or download. If you appreciate them, you can always make a donation (see home).

Here is a list:

infopaperRR2561#028.pdf (WHO report on the non-necessity of most C-sections)

WHO full report 2018             (WHO full report on alarming growing numbers of  C-sections)

infopaperRR2561#029.pdf (subject: Tanit Habanananda (Samativej) to convince other Obsetrician-Gynecologists on Active Birth)

infopaperRR2561#030.pdf (subject: Dangers of the Supine Position)

infopaperRR2561#031.pdf  (subject: Why the Supine Position and Directed Pushing are not good for giving birth)

infopaperRR2561#032.pdf (subject: C-Section is not always the Solution)

infopaperRR2561#033.pdf (subject: Birthing Position and the right of Pregnant mother to choose this position)

infopaperRR2561#034.pdf (subject: Active Birth - 8 Benefits for Mother and Baby)

Fact Sheet on Active Birth (by the Australian NSW government)

infopaperRR2561#035.pdf (subject: Delayed Cord Clamping (DCC): What are the risks and benefits?)

infopaperRR2561#037.pdf (subject: 13 Benefits of Natural Childbirth)

infopaperRR2561#040.pdf (how Active Birth could affect Thailand)

WHO full report 2018             (WHO recommendations Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience)

midwifery in The Netherlands (This paper explains the Dutch system)

infopaperRR2561#042.pdf (Childbirth & Breastfeeding Foundation of Thailand expresses clear view)

infopaperRR2561#046.pdf (Hands off approach to save live and avoid C-Section: Hospital, the most dangerous place to give birth?)

Why and how to implement the WHO recommendations in Thailand (event. Laos, Cambodia)  (concept paper made at the request of Dr. Pisake Lumbiganon)