Most rural areas in the Mediterranean and beyond are characterised by migratory flows, which affect local economies, societies and agroecologies. This is significant for both the countries of origin and those of destination. The implications of this phenomenon are relevant in terms of food production, natural resource management, territorial integration, social protection, diasporas and inclusive development – with impacts on the overall sustainability and resilience of our society.
On 29 May 2018, at the Sherik Zayed Centre, FAO Headquarters in Rome, the CIHEAM, FAO, UfMS and EUI’s Global Governance Programme jointly organised the Forum on Agriculture, Rural Development and Migration in the Mediterranean. The aim of the event was to discuss rural migration in the Mediterranean from the perspective of rural and agricultural development, to provide policy recommendations and establish a regional multi-stakeholder platform for decision-makers at different levels. The event brought together experts from international organisations, development cooperation agencies, research institutions, policy makers, field practitioners and civil society with the objective to support adequately informed national, regional and international political agendas.
The morning sessions focused on the patterns and drivers of rural migration in the Mediterranean region, as well as on the implications and impacts on both countries of origin and destination. The afternoon sessions were devoted to exchanging good practices and lessons learned on how to harness the potential of migration for agricultural and rural development. The event has been organized under the Patronage of the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale.