The Lancang-Mekong (LM) countries, including Cambodia, P. R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, have experienced rapid economic growth and successful poverty reduction over the past three decades. However, the COVID-19 pandemic, which lasted more than three years, disrupted agricultural activities and supply chains, leading to increased food prices and reduced access to food. Although the pandemic has abated, it continues to impact agricultural and food production. Coupled with the pre-existing threats such as rising protectionism, geopolitical tension, urbanization and climate change, building resilient food security is a priority in Building Back Better (BBB) efforts.
Recently, MI conducted a capacity needs assessment on “Targeted Poverty Alleviation and Strengthening Food Security in the Lancang-Mekong Countries for Post-pandemic Recovery”. The assessment identified needs for further cooperation and support among the LM countries on food security issues, such as policy coordination, capacity building, knowledge exchange, technology transfer, and among others. A training program was also organized to share good practices and encourage follow-up actions on food security initiatives in the region.
Building on the recommendations from the previous activities, this webinar is designed to promote the Regional Cooperation Initiatives (RCI) through intersectoral exchanges.
- Awareness Raising: Highlight the challenges and opportunities of food security including factors like climate change, social inclusion and innovation.
- Knowledge Sharing: Share good practices and lessons from various stakeholders to build resilient food security in the region.
- Solution Exploration: Discuss potential strategies for improving food and nutrition security through regional cooperation.