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Demystifying the link between migration and development informs policy

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 12
The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Team, FAO [ 2018 ]
Contrary to popular belief, development is more likely to increase rather than reduce emigration from countries at lower levels of income. The notion that better economic opportunities at home will reduce the incentive to migrate ignores what happens when development [...]

Achieving positive rural migration outcomes in rural areas

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 11
The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Team, FAO [ 2018 ]
Migration from rural areas is significant, and policy-makers must seek to maximize its positive impacts on development. The movement of people out of agriculture and into other sectors with higher productivity – manufacturing and services, mostly located in urban areas [...]

Mitigating persistent welfare losses due to weather shocks: The case of livestock herders in Kyrgyzstan

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 10
Valentina Conti, Nicholas Sitko and Ada Ignaciuk (FAO) [ 2018 ]
Kyrgyzstan experienced an extremely cold winter in 2012, with heavy snowfall followed by a significant spring run-off. This harsh winter led to considerable livestock mortality and price rises for animal products, with a substantial impact on the welfare of livestock [...]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2018

Migration, agriculture and rural development
FAO [ 2018 ]
Can investments influence people’s decisions about whether to migrate? Can policies maximize the positive impacts of migration while minimizing the negative ones? SOFA 2018 looks at how internal and international migratory flows link to economic development, demographic change, and natural-resource pressure. [...]

The future of food and agriculture – Alternative pathways to 2050

FAO Global Perspectives Studies team [ 2018 ]
This report explores three different scenarios for the future of food and agriculture, based on alternative trends for key drivers, including income growth and distribution, population growth, technical progress and climate change. Building on the report The future of food and [...]
The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by FAO. It provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, specifically highlighting potential new emergencies resulting from imminent disaster [...]

Model agreement for responsible contract farming: with commentary

Carin Smaller, William Speller and Sarah Brewin [ 2018 ]
The Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming is a simple and practical legal tool to support the implementation of global principles and guidelines and make responsible investment a reality. It is designed to address some of the inequalities in contract [...]
This document summarizes the online discussion Youth employment in agriculture as a solid solution to ending hunger and poverty in Africa, which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 16 July to [...]

Cropping system diversification in Eastern and Southern Africa: Identifying policy options to enhance productivity and build resilience

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 18-05
Giuseppe Maggio, Nicholas J. Sitko and Ada Ignaciuk [ 2018 ]
Crop diversification is an important policy objective to promote climate change adaptation, yet the drivers and impacts of crop diversification vary considerably depending on the specific combinations of crops a farmer grows. This paper examines adoption determinants of seven different [...]

Food security and conflict: Empirical challenges and future opportunities for research and policy making on food security and conflict

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 18-04
Charles Martin-Shields and Wolfgang Stojetz [ 2018 ]
During the previous decade there has been an increased focus on the role of food security in conflict processes, both in the academic and policy communities. While the policy community has pushed forward with new programs, the academic debate about [...]