Migration, Agriculture, and Rural Development
The dramatic changes in the flow of migrants across international borders, as well as accelerating internal movements of rural migrants towards cities, are reshaping our world. For many smallholder farmers and herders, moving away from rural areas is an attractive opportunity to diversify livelihoods, escape slow-onset events such as climate change and environmental degradation, seek improved social services, and reunite with family members.
For both origin and receiving communities, migration presents challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, much of the migration dialogue has only focused on the former. Are there good examples of policies in receiving countries that empower the displaced and capitalize on opportunities that can arise from a global population shift?
Join us to hear from experts on the linkages between migration, agriculture, and rural development. The distinguished panel will reflect on the implications of global demographics and how it impacts smallholder food producers and our ability to nourish the world. How can we enhance the development potential of migration to achieve zero hunger? The event will include the North American launch and discussion of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2018 The State of Food and Agriculture report, which narrows-in on these very topics.
This dialogue is part of the joint CSIS Global Food Security Project and
FAO of the United Nations, Liaison Office for North America speaker series on agricultural development.