IFPRI Releases Paper on Migration in Response to Weather-related Variability
July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper titled "Migratory responses to agricultural risk in Northern Nigeria," which examines the extent to which Northern Nigerian households migrate in response to weather-related variability and shocks.
The authors use data on migration over a 20-year period and temperature degree-days to identify agricultural risk. The findings of the paper suggest that households use migration as a risk management strategy. The authors highlight the importance of understanding how climate affects migration decisions in order to better target resources and public services to cope with climate change. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [IFPRI Discussion Paper]