Publications: MiFOOD Papers

MiFOOD Paper No. 16: Evolving Food Security Challenges Facing Internal Migrants during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chinese Cities

Zhenzhong Si and Taiyang Zhong

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated the economic, social and political vulnerabilities of internal and inter- national migrants and increased their food insecurity in several cities of the Global South. So far, very little attention has been paid to the dynamics of internal migrants’ food security in urban China since the emergence of the pandemic.…

MiFOOD Paper No. 15: International Migration and Food Insecurity in Urban Namibia

Lawrence Kazembe, Godfrey Tawodzera and Ndeyapo Nickanor

Food security and migration have emerged as key development challenges in Namibia. Internal migration, where people move from rural areas to urban centres such as the capital, Windhoek, has been given a great deal of research and policy attention. However, there is a dearth of research on the relationship between international migration and food security…

MiFOOD Paper No. 14: Food Insecurity and Irregular Labour Migration from Northern Malawi to South Africa

Anil Dhakal

The factors influencing migration decisions from Malawi to South Africa have changed with the end of contract migration to the mines and the new normal of irregular migration of both men and women to work in other sectors of the South African economy. Food insecurity is now one of the main drivers of migration as…

MiFOOD Paper No. 13: Supermarkets in Mexico and the Mexico City Metropolitan Area: Logics of Territorial Insertion and Socio-Spatial Inequalities

Guénola Capron, Salomón González Arellano and Linda Moreno

The paper analyzes the logics of expansion and spatial distribution of supermarkets at three scales: global, national (Mexico), and especially metropolitan (Mexico City), from rich to poor spaces and social categories. It seeks to understand how supermarkets, in a country like Mexico where they initially target mainly the middle class, reproduce or mitigate socio-spatial disparities.…

MiFOOD Paper No. 12: Rural-Urban Transition and Food Security in India

Chetan Choithani, Abdul Jaleel CP and S Irudaya Rajan

As a growing proportion of world’s population lives in cities and towns, food security is increasingly acquiring an urban character. The locus of food security research and policy agendas has correspondingly expanded from rural areas to include cities and towns in the past few years. However, the dominant discourse on urbanization-food security relationship appears to…

MiFOOD Paper No. 11: An Exploratory Study of the Food Security of Displaced Venezuelans in Ecuadorian Cities During COVID-19

Taymi Milan and Cheryl Martens

The displacement of over 7 million Venezuelans is reconfiguring urban contexts in Latin America. Ecuador is the third largest receiving country for Venezuelan migrants. The absence of state migration policies combined with the worsening economic situation across the region has had a significant impact on migrant food security. Although food security and migration have been…

MiFOOD Paper No. 10: Linking Food Security with Development, Inequality and South-South Migration

Jonathan Crush and Sujata Ramachandran

In this paper, we draw attention to the ignored linkages between food security, inequality, and development with respect to South-South migration. Building on core arguments reflecting on these ties and empirical studies from diverse sending and receiving contexts, we outline five distinctive ways in which these multidimensional relationships and interactions operate. The first aspect assesses…

MiFOOD Paper No. 9: Emerging Digital Technologies and Cross-Border Food Remittances of Zimbabwean Migrants in Cape Town, South Africa, During the Early COVID-19 Pandemic

Sean Sithole, Daniel Tevera and Mulugeta F. Dinbabo

This paper examines the emerging unexplored synergies between digital-mobile technologies and cross-border food remittances in Southern Africa. Cell phones and apps or applications for smart mobile devices offer migrants new formal ways of sending food remittances. With large volumes of cash and non-cash items flowing through it, the South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor is a priority…

MiFOOD Paper No. 8: Young People’s Mobilities, Farming Aspirations and Engagements in Northern Ghana

Siera Vercillo and Bruce Frayne

Development policies targeting young people and African agriculture tend to focus on their abandonment of the sector and the need to attract new generations to agricultural activities through its commercialization. This paper points to potential gaps in such interventions by investigating the diverse mobilities, aspirations, and engagements of young people in farming, through a qualitative…

MiFOOD Paper No. 7: The SDGs, Migrant Remittances and Food Security in Jamaica

Elizabeth Thomas-Hope

This paper raises questions about the implications of migration for inclusive social development in Kingston, Jamaica. This is based on an assessment of the relationship between remittances and food security at the household level. Emphasis is placed on whether remittances have made a difference in reducing the food insecurity associated with poverty and thus could…