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FAO-IOM: partnering to address migration challenges

Focus on close link between food insecurity and migration flows

5 July 2017, Rome - FAO's chief José Graziano da Silva today met William Lacy Swing, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General, for discussions that focused on the close links between food insecurity and migration flows. 

"We are very pleased with the partnership we enjoy with the FAO,” Swing said in remarks following the meeting. “It's a cooperation that I think will continue to grow and strengthen as migration has become a megatrend in the world today, probably the missing piece in the globalization process mosaic, and it will become only greater with climate change.”

Swing noted the nexus between agriculture, food, migration, climate change, disaster, will "only continue to grow tighter". In his view, FAO and the IOM will be "thrown together to work in partnership to address all sorts of things that happen due to climate change."

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Both organizations, Swing said, can collaborate to give even more emphasis to the nexus between climate change, migration and food production. "For this I am particularly grateful to the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who supported us from the beginning when this proposition was made," he added. 

FAO Director-General said this collaboration will serve to boost awareness of the key role of agriculture and sustainable development in addressing issues related to the mass movement of people from rural to urban areas and across borders.

Investing in rural development, key to adressing migration challenges

FAO believes that the drivers and impacts of migration are intimately linked to the agency's global goals of fighting hunger and achieving food security, reducing rural poverty and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

Increasing investments in food security, sustainable rural development and in efforts to adapt agriculture to climate change, can help create the conditions whereby people, especially the youth, will no longer be forced to abandon their lands in order to seek a better life elsewhere. 

Watch Mr. Swing's full remarks following the meeting: