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Asian Development Bank. The Asian Development Bank does not guarantee the accuracy of the data presented. Food Security and Development in the Lower Mekong River Basin A Challenge for the Mekong River Commission

By Joern Kristensen


It is not only a conducive policy and institutional reform at the level of individual countries that is needed to eradicate or reduce poverty. Many aspects of poverty are of a trans-boundary nature. This is most obvious in a major international river system. This paper addresses the question of how the Mekong River Commission (MRC), through regional cooperation between its four member governments, will contribute to food security in the Lower Mekong Basin. The 1995 Agreement establishing the Mekong River Commission has a unique status in that it forms the basis of the only legally constituted regional organization mandated from the highest political level to deal with Mekong River management in a holistic manner. MRC’s activities are performed to create the policy and institutional conditions that will secure maintenance of the ecological integrity of the Mekong River Basin and reduce poverty through sustainable development for this and future generations. Pressure from population growth is making this an increasingly important task. There are approximately 73 million people living in the entire Mekong River Basin. The Lower Mekong Rive

Year: 2011
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