This online geo-database, developed by the Mekong Institute (MI) and supported by the United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID-RDMA), seeks to improve donor coordination on food security projects in the Lower Mekong Region (LMR).

In particular, this Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Food Security Donor Mapping project aims to:

  • Increase transparency with regards to donor priorities, activities, and actors, in the sub-region;
  • Provide a tool to facilitate enhanced donor division of labor, collaboration, and harmonization;
  • Inform future donor programming in the sub-region; and
  • Catalyze discussion to promote increased coordination on identified regional priorities outlined in the agriculture and food security sector.

We hope that by making available and proactively disseminating important information about donor priorities and programming in the food security sectors, key stakeholders - from development partners, the LMR governments to the private sector and research centers - can deliver better results of their activities.

Ultimately, this database will directly support broad cooperation and coordination with donors, international financial institutions, and multilateral organizations to increase efficiency, identify and meet programmatic and resources gaps, and avoid redundancy and overlapping activities.

The data we have collected here is based on publicly existing databases in the five countries of the Lower Mekong (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), hence the map reflects a partial picture of activities in the region. Projects are continuously being added, so we encourage you to visit often to learn more about the regional and national activities in the food security sector. You can also record your own projects or subscribe to our mailing list.

The Project Team

The Mekong Institute (MI) is a regional institute chartered to provide capacity building activities for government officials, members of private enterprises and civil society involved in the development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region. MI works closely with the governments of the six GMS countries in designing and delivering high quality and relevant human resource capacity development programs. The mandate of MI includes serving GMS-focused human resource development needs, promoting regional cooperation, networking and partnerships. Currently, MI also conducts developmental projects in order to contribute to the sustainable growth of the GMS.

This project is housed under Mekong Institute’s Rural Development Department (RDD). Our project team is composed of five researchers: one each from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, working under the guidance of MI’s Director and RDD’s Program Manager.

Our Partner

USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters goodwill abroad.