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Strengthening Sector Policies for Better Food Security and Nutrition Results: Rural Migration. Policy Guidance Note 10

Guideline

The purpose of this guidance note is not to recommend policies to prevent or reduce migration, but rather to focus on how to increase policy coherence for mutually beneficial migration and food security and nutrition outcomes, and to address the root causes of migration, to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration and harness its developmental potential for food security and nutrition. 

The guidance note outlines key questions to address the interlinkages between rural migration and food security and nutrition and provides examples of positive and negative impacts of various policy interventions to illustrate the importance of key policy shifts. The following questions are addressed in the note: 

  • What are the positive and negative linkages between food security and nutrition and migration and why are they important for development? 
  • What types of policies can facilitate more positive linkages and mitigate risks associated with rural migration and food security and nutrition? 
  • How can food security and nutrition and migration policies be more integrated and coherent to better contribute to food security and nutrition of rural and urban households in countries of origin, transit and destination? 
  • What actors are relevant to address these issues and how can their coordination be improved to deliver more sustained and coherent outcomes? 

This guidance note offers a stepwise approach towards enhancing policy coherence among rural migration and food security and nutrition policy agendas. 

Step 1 provides guidance on how to assess the current migration and food security and nutrition situation. (Page 13.) Steps 2 and 3 examine how the migration policy landscape connects with the food security and nutrition policy landscape, identifying policy options for greater harmonization. Step 4 identifies ways in which policy change might be brought about.

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Published: 2017
Publisher: FAO
Geography: Global