Food Coalition

Protecting migrant workers

Migrants play a crucial role in agri-food systems, something that has become even more apparent in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions on movement (nationally and internationally) and the resulting labour shortages are already having an impact on agricultural value chains, affecting food availability and market prices globally, with consequences for food security and nutrition. Migrant workers and their families are being hit hard and will be severely affected by the immediate, medium and long-term consequences of the pandemic. A large proportion of migrants work under informal or casual arrangements, without protective equipment, and risk exclusion from the protective measures – including healthcare and social protection – put in place by governments in response to the pandemic and the economic downturn. This leaves them unprotected and vulnerable to exploitation, poverty and food insecurity. Migrants returning to rural areas face increasing marginalization and stigmatization. A dramatic reduction in remittances is already being observed and will have considerable effects on rural livelihoods, food security and nutrition in migrants’ areas of origin.

Priority Areas of work: Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 13. Climate Action
Level: Global
Country: Burkina Faso, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uzbekistan
Budget: USD 5 to 10 million

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