‘Leaving something behind’ - Migration governance and agricultural & rural change in ‘home’ communities: comparative experience from Europe, Asia and Africa


AGRUMIG proposes an integrated approach to migration governance to address the two way relationship between labour mobilility and changes in agriculture and the rural sector. Migration creates challenges for rural ‘sending’ communities in low and middle income countries, yet it can also be transformative. AGRUMIG aims to engage in a comparative analysis of seven countries to analyse the economic, institutional, cultural and agro-ecological factors which shape these relationships. It will go on to identify the range of governance interventions which can harness migration to stimulate sustainable and gender equitable growth in agriculture and reduce the distress associated with migration. The project will firstly use a survey and participatory tools to explore the drivers of migration and the impacts on the agricultural/rural sector. A Qualitative Comparative Analysis will identify contexts through which unique relationships are realised. It will secondly engage with the policies and practices of diverse governance actors through dialogue, literature reviews and interviews to understand how they mediate the migration-agrarian/rural change interface. It will thirdly, engage in an iterative process of dialogue with stakeholders to identify frameworks for integrated migration governance which harness the positive impacts. A key contribution to the work programme is the identification of strategies to promote safe and regular migration through supporting change in sending regions. AGRUMIG will outline longer term evidence based governance solutions, supported by comparative analysis and tangible indicators, which are sensitive to the role of migration in larger livelihood systems as well as the contexts through which favourable impacts can be captured. It will analyse existing governance regimes to build upon, including labour treaties or EU partnership agreements, national migration or agrarian policies, overseas aid, or grassroots initiatives by diasporas or return

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Matteo Vittuari

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Soas - School Of Oriental And African Studies, University Of London(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
International Water Management Institute Iwmi (Sri Lanka)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)
Social Science Baha (Nepal)
OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
University Of Mekelle (Ethiopia)
Universität Wien (Austria)
Arbaminch University*Amu (Ethiopia)
Center Polis Asia (Kyrgyzstan)
Raks Thai Foundation (Thailand)
Université Mohammed V de Rabat (Morocco)
Institutul National De Cercetari Economice Al Academiei De Stinte A Moldovei (Moldova)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.999.755,25
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/02/2019
End Date: 31/01/2022

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 822730 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 822730