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FAO’s work on rural migration

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    Booklet
    FAO's work on rural migration
    Empowering migrants and rural communities
    2023
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    Poverty and food insecurity are on the rise and the world is facing an unprecedented global food crisis. The deterioration of rural livelihoods, accelerated by climate change, is leading millions of people to migrate, especially within their own countries. Rural populations are among the most vulnerable to both extreme weather events and gradual environmental changes as their livelihoods depend on natural resources. Waves of reverse migration, like the one triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, showed the struggle rural communities also face in reintegrating migrants returning home. At the same time, migration can be an engine of economic growth and innovation, and it can greatly contribute to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems. FAO strives to make migration a choice and an opportunity for rural populations, and to maximize its benefits. This brochure presents FAO's work on rural migration, along with each priority for action. It provides a description of what FAO does, with whom and why, presenting tangible results and stories from the field.
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    Creating alternatives to migration and reintegrating migrants in rural areas 2023
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    While many people, especially youth, leave rural areas in search of better opportunities, returning migrants struggle to reintegrate in rural communities. Creating alternatives to migration and reintegrating migrants in rural areas is one of the priorities of FAO’s work on rural migration. It aims to help people find decent jobs in rural areas or kick start their agro-enterprises and make migration a choice not a necessity. The leaflet is part of a brochure that presents FAO’s work on rural migration and each priority for action. The leaflet includes a description of what FAO does, with whom and why, presenting tangible results and stories from the field.
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    Migration, agriculture and rural development 2016
    This booklet is directed towards FAO Member States, UN system and all other potential partners, and sheds light on the role that agriculture and rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources can play in curbing migration pressure in rural areas. It also outlines the main entry points where FAO can support international efforts to address global movements of refugees and migrants. Together with its partners, FAO is committed to further strengthening its efforts on migratio n within humanitarian and development contexts, building on its comparative advantage in agriculture and rural development issues.

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