Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2017, 65, 1631-1641

https://doi.org/10.11118/actaun201765051631
Published online 2017-10-31

Where Are African Agricultural Policies Heading and How Does this Influences Migration?

Petr Blížkovský

Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno, třída Generála Píky 2005/7, Brno, Czech Republic

This paper addresses the link between lack of rural development and migration flows and investigates whether weak agricultural development and poor governance indicators can be explaining factors for migration. The African continent offers a mixed picture with both positive developments and challenges ahead. With regards to its agricultural sector, Africa still has many challenges to face. Lack of quality infrastructures, widespread poverty, environmental degradation and human capital issues have to be addressed if the continent is to rise up from its current situation. As regards migration, the paper was unable to establish a clear correlation between weak development indicators and effective migration flows. Further data needs to be collected in order to establish a more comprehensive analysis. Nevertheless the paper recommends the creation of a comprehensive strategy strengthening the international governance of agricultural policies in Africa.

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