Migration and Global Agri-Food Systems: Insights from CGIAR Research and Beyond

MIGRATION AND GLOBAL AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS: INSIGHTS FROM CGIAR RESEARCH AND BEYOND

November 24, 2021

PIM Webinar

December 2, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


There are around 1 billion people classified as internal or international migrants in national statistics (International Organization for Migration 2021). Migration is an intrinsic part of the development process, representing one of the greatest opportunities to facilitate economic and social advancement in developing countries. Understanding how different types of individuals and households perceive these opportunities and overcome related constraints, and how these change over time, is of key interest. At the same time, migration presents one of the world’s biggest challenges—particularly when it is non-voluntary, reflecting forced displacement of sizeable numbers of people. Migration requires adjustments by both sending and hosting communities; understanding those adjustments, and ways to maximize the benefits and minimize any costs of migration, is a key policy priority.

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) has undertaken more than 40 studies designed to explore the causes and consequences of internal and international migration. In aggregate, the studies help us understand what motivates people to migrate and what factors impinge on their ability to do so. This webinar will draw upon the findings of a PIM Synthesis Brief, Understanding characteristics, causes, and consequences of migration: Contributions from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, to discuss some of its highlights and further directions for migration research under One CGIAR. The discussion will focus on the interface between migration and agriculture, as well as the way that gender and youth status influence the drivers, impacts, and dynamics of migration, and what policies could help extend its benefits and reduce its costs.

Moderator:

Valerie Mueller, Associate Professor, Arizona State University, School of Politics and Global Studies

Panelists:

Alan de Brauw, Senior Research Fellow, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Katrina Kosec, Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Linguere Mbaye, Principal Fragility and Resilience Officer at African Development Bank Group.

Esha Zaveri, Senior Economist with the Water Global Practice of the World Bank.

Closing remarks:

Frank Place - Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets


Related reading:

CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM). 2021. Understanding characteristics, causes, and consequences of migration: Contributions from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. PIM Synthesis Brief September 2021. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). https://doi.org/10.2499/p15738coll2.134615

 

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