We propose to introduce community-based aquaculture (CBA) systems to mixed ethic, in-need, communities in rural Thailand to help boost their capacity to produce protein for local consumption and to sell for income. We will transfer knowledge to participating villagers on how to (1) develop nature-based, environmentally friendly, and drought-tolerant approaches using agroecology principles, and (2) engage effectively with all phases of relevant commodity chains to reduce operating costs and improve on return of investment. Year one of the project will be devoted to training and implementing “proof of concept” (PoC) model systems to prompt other villagers to develop similar self-sufficient practices. In year two we will extend the technology to new individuals/groups in need of assistance. We will assess our research/extension activities to determine factors leading to success/failure. Finally, we will sponsor events to provide hands-on training for both villagers and students. The project addresses the need to improve the quality of life of selected rural communities in northern Thailand that are struggling to generate sufficient income, produce protein locally, cope with economic downturns, and become resilient to climate variability. The underlying theme of the project is “appropriate” knowledge transfer to communities with specific socio-economic & cultural identities, as opposed to a top-down intervention based on outsider perspectives.