08 Oct 2008

The ‘Food-Energy-Water’ Nexus in Central Asia

Regional Implications of and the International Response to the Crises in Tajikistan

Matteo Fumagalli

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 2 / 8 pages

This paper provides an evaluation of the current food security crisis in Central Asia and links it to the broader water crisis experienced by Central and South Asia forming an ‘energy-water-food security nexus’. Although all the Central Asian republics are to varying extents affected by growing fuel and goods prices, it is Tajikistan that has experienced the most acute situation, which has plunged about a fourth of the population (2 million) in a food security crisis.
Matteo Fumagalli is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University, Budapest.