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Migration, Food Security and Development: Insights from Rural India

December 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Webinar link: https://cigionline-org.zoom.us/j/81713717569?pwd=bFlhNUR2c0NlSkV0QWhqaHpXbTI0UT09

This presentation will draw on the author’s recent book on the connections between migration and food security. In the past few years, these two issues of migration and food security have occupied centerstage in global development policy and research agendas. But discussions on these issues have tended to proceed in silos with little attention devoted to the relationship they bear with each other. Using primary, field-based evidence from rural India, this talk will attempt to bridge this divide. Going beyond the conventional understanding on the subject that invariably sees migration as a response to food shortages, this presentation will focus on two central features of migration in India that include i) circular moves, and ii) male-dominated migration, to highlight how these present two other key pathways through which migration-food security relationship plays out, and will argue that consideration of these linkages provides for a more holistic understanding of migration–food-security nexus.

About the speaker

Chetan Choithani is an Assistant Professor in the Inequality and Human Development Programme of the School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru. Prior to his present employment at NIAS, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Urban Studies Institute of Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Chetan obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Sydney in 2016 as a recipient of the Australian Government’s competitive Prime Minister Postgraduate Award. Before his PhD, he completed a Master of Population Studies from the International Institute of Population Sciences, and a Master of Arts in Globalisation and Labour from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

The broad disciplinary domain of Chetan’s work is development studies. Within this area, his research and teaching interests include migration and urbanisation, food and nutrition, livelihoods, gender, and social policy and how they relate to development, particularly in the Indian context. He has published his work on these issues in peer-reviewed journals including World Development, Economic Geography, Gender, Place and Culture, Geographical Research, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Economic and Political Weekly.

Chetan has done extensive fieldwork in remote parts of India, and his research uses primary, field-based insights to engage with and inform larger issues of development.

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.

Woman bending down touching ashes in a fire pit.

Photo credit: Chetan Choithani


December 5, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Waterloo, ON Canada
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