Migration within the Global South now exceeds that from South to North and migrants and refugees also make up a significant proportion of the estimated two billion people globally who are highly food insecure, a number exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The connections between migration and food security are central to the new MiFOOD Project led by researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), and implemented by the Hungry Cities Partnership. MiFOOD poses several key questions: To what extent is migration a response to food insecurity? Does migration lead to better food security outcomes for migrants and their dependents? What policy interventions might mitigate migrant food insecurity in migration corridors and destinations?
The seven-year MiFOOD Project is supported by a $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHRC) and contributions from partners of $6.2 million for a total funding envelope of $8.7 million. MiFOOD will link teams of faculty and graduate student researchers at WLU, the BSIA, and the IMRC with the University of Waterloo, the University of Fraser Valley and colleagues at six other Canadian universities, three UK universities and university partner teams in China, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Qatar, Singapore and South Africa. MiFOOD will also work closely on research and knowledge mobilization activities with several international organizations including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
About the speakers
Marie Ruel, Director, Health Poverty and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Marie McAuliffe, Head, Migration Research Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Isaac Luginaah, Canada Research Chair, Western University
Shirin Rai, Director, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID), Warwick University