Food Security in the Mekong – The Water, Food and Energy Nexus Revisited

March 11-13, 2013, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Mekong river sustains a wide variety of livelihood systems, and is producing food for domestic consumption as well as for export. This constitutes a backbone for local communities as well as being vital for national economies in the region. There are however several contemporary challenges to the future of food production that needs to be observed and understood, including for instance the possible development of hydropower projects and the threat to region-wide fisheries.

The region is now facing rapid population growth, urbanisation and economic growth, increasing demand for energy, food and water. As a response, the countries of the Mekong Basin are increasingly considering hydropower as a solution to their growing energy needs. The construction of dams, and the subsequent alteration of the water regime, may pose immediate and long-term threats to food security unless food and water needs are taken into account. Moreover, the challenges go beyond the hydropower debate since other interventions and investments are increasingly claiming considerable portions of the available water and land resources. Solutions to food-, energy-, and water-security issues will only be sustainable when the three sectors work together.

The organisers

Keynote presentations

Parallel sessions

Presentations of the key institutions in the region

  • MRC: Theerawat Samphawamana
  • MFU: Hansa Sanguannoi
  • IUCN: Teigan Allen
  • IWMI: Mark Giordano
  • SEI: Eric Kemp-Benedict
  • M-Power: Lilao Bouapao
  • WWF: Peter Cutter