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Forced Migration and Protracted Crises: a multilayered approach

Improving food security and nutrition in protracted crises
© FAO/ Albert Gonzalez Farran

This note focuses on the topic of forced migration in protracted crises, presenting the challenges and some possible approaches to address root causes of forced migration and support displaced and host populations, illustrated by case studies from FAO’s interventions in such contexts.

Improved food security, sustainable agricultural practices, access to and management of natural resources, employment and social protection benefits are key in supporting populations affected by displacement and to ease the strain on host communities. Although forced migration poses many challenges, the long-lasting presence of forcibly displaced can create opportunities for local economies and bring skills, capital and connectivity to broader markets that might fill the unmet needs of the host communities. By identifying and strengthening the livelihood capacities of the forcibly displaced, conditions conducive to solutions can be developed while still in displacement. These can strengthen self-reliance and help people seize opportunities, paving the way for durable solutions.

This guidance note is part of a series on improving food security and nutrition in protracted crises. Drawing on FAO technical experience, the guidance note series supports implementation of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition In Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA), endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October 2015.

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