39 The potential of migration for Food Security and Nutrition

The role of local and national institutions in promoting more inclusive and sustainable food systems by strengthening rural-urban linkages and human mobility


  • Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Rome
  • FAO
  • European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  • Action Aid Italy


In the context of rapid urbanization and migration, there is a need to develop coherent approaches and policies to improve food security and nutrition, agriculture and sustainable natural resource management along the continuum from rural to urban areas.

Migration affects both countries of origin and destination. International migrants have increased over time, but internal migration is an even larger phenomenon. There is a strong emphasis on addressing the drivers of migration, making migration a choice and not a necessity, and maximising the development potential of mobility, as well as taking into account the needs of migrants in the context of the SDGs and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda.

A growing number of cities and regions are facing the challenges of migration, demanding more sustainable and resilient urban food policies and initiatives with strong rural-urban linkages. Reinforcing city region food systems is emerging as an entry point to foster more inclusive rural-urban cooperation. Local governments are increasingly taking part in this debate.

The side event will  promote dialogue on ways to advance sustainable food systems with strong rural-urban linkages and well managed human mobility, as a lever for future growth, prosperity and food security to mitigate migration challenges and maximize its benefits.





Side Event - 39 - The potential of migration for Food Security and Nutrition