The theme for World Food Day 2017 is: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development. Can new food policies make a difference?
Migration has always existed. It has been a means to reunite with family, to find better jobs, to have a new experience or to start a better life. In 2015, the number of people migrating was up to 1 out of every 7 people in the world.
When it is a choice, migration can be a good way to spread new knowledge, skills or labour that can help boost economic growth in different regions of a country or in a new country altogether. The point is that migration should be a choice. Yet, migration also happens when people feel like their only option for survival or for a better life is to leave their homes.
How do we address some of these root causes of migration, such as hunger, poverty, conflict and the impacts of climate change.?
Organisations like the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (which sponsors World Food Day) are working with people displaced by conflict and with the communities that host them. Some of the things they do are giving farmers the right tools, teaching them techniques to produce more with what they have, helping rural people access money to start profitable activities and providing rural youth with other income-generating opportunities. They also set up early warning systems for floods and hurricanes.