Mekong Basin: Hydropower or fish? Or both?

Eric Baran -

Nam Gnouang Dam (60MW), on a tributary of the Nam Theun River in Laos.

Eric Baran guest blogs about the increasing competition between hydropower and fisheries in the Mekong Basin, a WorldFish focus country.

The Mekong River is a goldmine. It features the world’s largest inland fishery, producing around 2.1 million tonnes of fish each year, which represents about 18% of the world’s annual freshwater fish catch.

New Year’s Resolutions

Stephen Hall -

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The start of a new year is a time for reflecting on what we would like to change and what resolutions we need to adopt to make change happen. Focusing on areas of relevance to WorldFish, here are my top 4 resolutions for 2014:

Africa Rising?

Stephen Hall -

Woman prepares vegetables as part of ensuring a balanced diet for the family. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit

I was struck this week by an article on Devex highlighting how the popular narrative about Africa’s growth is being challenged. The article points out that, despite national-level economic growth in many African countries, the benefits of that growth are failing to trickle down sufficiently; when two in five Africans surveyed say that they are unable to meet their basic needs and are food insecure, such a conclusion is hard to argue with.