On 11 April partners within the Horizon 2020 project “AGRUMIG” from Kyrgyzstan held their first meeting to discuss the plan of action within the project. Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the OSCE Academy, Dr. Roman Mogilevskii, Director of Institute Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia (UCA), Dr. Elmira Nogoibaeva, Director of Polis Asia, Dr. Asel Murzakulova, Senior Research Fellow at the Mountain Societies Research Institute, UCA, Dr. Irina Kuznetsova, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham and Victoria Orazova, Alumni Affairs and Communications Coordinator of the OSCE Academy attended the meeting and discussed the steps to be taken by each partner within the first 12 months of the project.
Background: ‘Leaving something behind’ - Migration governance and agricultural & rural change in ‘home’ communities: comparative experience from Europe, Asia and Africa (AGRUMIG) is conducted within the Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme and proposes an integrated approach to migration governance to address the two-way relationship between labour mobilility and changes in agriculture and the rural sector. Migration creates challenges for rural ‘sending’ communities in low- and middle-income countries, yet it can also be transformative. AGRUMIG aims to engage in a comparative analysis of seven countries to analyse the economic, institutional, cultural and agro-ecological factors which shape these relationships. It will go on to identify the range of governance interventions which can harness migration to stimulate sustainable and gender equitable growth in agriculture and reduce the distress associated with migration.
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