The term ‘monkey cheek’ was coined by King Bhumibol Adulyadei of Thailand as a metaphor to promote local water retention systems and is part of the ‘New Theory’ agriculture. It refers to monkeys filling up their cheeks with excess food. The food is stored and chewed and eaten later. The monkey cheek programme was initially started to solve the flood problems of Bangkok, but has subsequently been replicated all over the country, especially in the north-east.
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