Food Remittances: Migration and Food Security in Africa

Food Remittances: Migration and Food Security in Africa

There is considerable evidence from across the African continent that a significant proportion of cash remittances to rural areas is spent on food. However, bidirectional food remitting – its drivers, dimensions and impacts – is an underdeveloped research and policy area.

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  • Title: Food Remittances: Migration and Food Security in Africa
  • Author: Jonathan Crush
  • Publisher: SAMP (Migration Policy Series 72)
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • ISBN: 9781920596194.

There is considerable evidence from across the African continent that a significant proportion of cash remittances to rural areas is spent on food. However, bidirectional food remitting – its drivers, dimensions and impacts – is an underdeveloped research and policy area.

This report therefore reviews the current state of knowledge about food remittances in Africa and aims to make a number of contributions to the study of the relationship between migration and food security.  Jonathan Crush is a Professor and CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town.

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