Publications: MiFOOD Papers

MiFOOD Paper No. 6: Incomplete Documentation, Isolation and Food Security among Central American Migrants in Mexico City

Tiana Bakić Hayden

This paper examines some of the factors that contribute to food insecurity among the growing populations of Central American migrants who reside in Mexico City. It contributes to a growing body of literature that focuses on the relationship between migration and food security by analyzing the specific challenges faced by migrants who are (semi)permanently settled…

MiFOOD Paper No. 5: Migrant Women’s Food Insecurity Experiences in the Breadbasket of Ghana

Jemima Nomunume Baada, Moses Kansanga, Joseph Kangmennaang and Isaac Luginaah

Migration has become a safety net for smallholder farmers across Africa in response to rapidly deteriorating climatic conditions and the resulting low agricultural productivity. In semi-arid northern Ghana, especially the Upper West Region, many people migrate to rural farming communities in the Middle Belt of the country – popularly referred to as Ghana’s breadbasket –…

MiFOOD Paper No. 4: Pandemic Precarity and Food Insecurity: Zimbabwean Migrants in South Africa During COVID-19

Godfrey Tawodzera and Jonathan Crush

A notable silence in the emerging literature on migrant precarity is any consideration of the relationship between precarity and food insecurity. The links between migrant precarity and sudden economic, political or environmental shocks are relatively untheorized. Researchers were thus conceptually under-prepared to understand how and in what ways the COVID-19 pandemic intersected with general forms…

MiFOOD Paper No. 3: COVID-19, the Hukou System and Migrant Food Security in Urban China

Fei Xu, Taiyang Zhong and Jonathan Crush

The COVID-19 pandemic has issued significant challenges to food systems and the food security of urban and mobile populations. COVID-19 has had a disproportionate negative impact on household food security. In China, there have been no studies to date specifically focusing on the food security of migrants during the pandemic. This paper uses data from…

MiFOOD Paper No. 2: Food Remittances, Migration and Rural-Urban Linkages in Kenya

Elizabeth Opiyo Onyango, Jonathan Crush and Samuel Owuor

Rural-urban migrants in Sub-Saharan Africa do not generally cut their links with rural homes and much has been written about the character, types and implications of connections between rural areas and rapidly growing cities. The persistence of circular migration and the perpetuation of rural-urban connectivity is a distinctive feature of Kenyan urbanization. Informal non-market food…

MiFOOD Paper No. 1: South-South Migration, Food Insecurity and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jonathan Crush, Diana Thomaz and Sujata Ramachandran

The implementation of global migration governance processes such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Global Compact for Migration has been stalled by the COVID-19 crisis as flows of and opportunities for international migrants shrink through the containment strategies adopted by most governments in response to the pandemic. Migrants have been disproportionately affected by…