Economía Agroalimentaria

Harvesting trees to harvest cash crops: The role of internal migrants in forest land conversion in Uganda

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 21-08
Año: 2021
Autor(es): Ignaciuk, A., Kwon, J., Maggio, G., Mastrorillo, M., Sitko, N.J.
Editor: FAO

This working paper merges socio-economic data with data on deforestation to explore the interrelationship between rural migration, the development of the commercial agricultural sector, and forest cover loss. Specifically, we test the role of cash crop producers and inter-district migrants on the tree loss in the parish of residence, while controlling for several other household-level and parish-level contributing factors of deforestation, including population density, proximity to markets and protected areas. Also, we investigate the agricultural channel, specifically producing cash crops, as one major channel through which inter-district migration affects deforestation. Our analysis aims to support the identification of policy strategies to reduce the adverse impacts of agricultural commercialization initiatives on Uganda’s critical natural resources; and identify policy options that maximize migrant’s benefits on recipient areas while minimizing downside risks of migration related to over-exploitation of resources and deforestation. 

The findings of this working paper can be found in the policy brief Evidence and policy options on migration, cash crop production and deforestation in Uganda

Tema: Clima
Tipo de documento: Documento de trabajo
País: Uganda
Región: Africa
ISBN: 978-92-5-135068-3
ISSN: 2521-1838
JEL codes: Q12, Q18, Q23, Q55.