Resources on rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa

| August 31, 2020

Download this story

Rural Africa in Motion has been called a “first atlas of rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa.” Through a series of maps and in-depth case studies, the report, written by representatives of research institutions, think tanks, and international organizations in and outside Africa, explores the complex causes that drive people in Africa to leave their homes. The atlas is the product of a partnership between the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO), with support from the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation in South Africa.

Downloadable at:

Another report, titled Can Sustainable Agriculture Mitigate Massive Youth Migration in Africa? notes that Africa has a rich history of population movements pre-dating the colonial era. It further notes that 75% of the 33 million African migrants who moved in 2016 moved within sub-Saharan Africa, driven by high rates of rural unemployment; and a lack of access to land, financial resources and services, and decision-making.

Although migration is often being seen in a negative light, it can expand development in both the migrant’s origin and destination in terms of availability of new options, knowledge, and expanded market opportunities. This article points to the potential of sustainable agriculture to address migration, especially as it relates to food insecurity, climate change, natural resources degradation, and youth unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read the report here: