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Food Security at Emerging Urban Spaces in India

October 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

S. Irudaya Rajan, International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), India

Chetan Choithani, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India
Abdul Jaleel CP, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, India

This talk examines the important public policy issue of contemporary significance of linkages between migration, urbanization and food and nutrition security in India, within the wider context of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. It responds to the call by Crush (2013, p. 62) to bridge the “massive institutional and substantive disconnect” that currently exists between the two prominent development agendas of migration and food security. The geographic focus is on the lower echelons of India’s urban system comprising erstwhile rural regions which have witnessed rapid urbanization over the past few years. This urban growth is fast changing the sources of food security for millions of Indians, and rising land demands to accommodate future urban growth will put more pressure on the agri-food systems. The research reviews the implications of this urban growth for food security in India and identifies the relevant policy issues that may help promote SDG targets of food security and inclusive urbanization.

About the speaker

Irudaya RajanProf. S. Irudaya Rajan is Chairman of the International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), Kerala and former professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala. Currently, he is the chair of the KNOMAD (The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development,) a World Bank working group on internal migration and urbanization. He was one of the expert committee members to advise the Government of Kerala on COVID-19. He has published in international journals on the social, economic, demographic, psychological and political implications of migration on individuals, community, the economy and society. Since 2010, he has been the editor of the annual series India Migration Report and, since 2017, the South Asia Migration Report published by Routledge.  He was the founding Editor in Chief, for Migration and Development.


Chetan Choithani, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India
Abdul Jaleel CP, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, India

MiFOOD is hosting a series of webinars on various topics about migration and food security that highlight the progress of the project. These webinars include conceptual discussion, empirical findings and policy analysis. Through these webinars, we intend to build a community with various stakeholders for knowledge sharing, deepen the understanding of the complex intersections between migration and food security, and facilitate the discussion of effective policy interventions. Follow the MiFOOD Twitter (Moving on Empty), Like the MiFOOD Facebook page to be notified about upcoming webinars.

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October 26, 2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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