Enriching rural communities through migration for sustainable agriculture

Enriching rural communities through migration for sustainable agriculture. Photo: IOM

The agriculture sector in South Africa attracts migrant workers from across the region. When their skills are effectively channelled, and their labour rights protected, migrant workers have the potential to help improve agricultural value chains and accelerate sustainable development outcomes for themselves, their families and communities.

Garry is a migrant worker who manages the Packhouse on a farm in South Africa. Since migrating from Zimbabwe, his skills and eagerness to grow professionally helped him find new opportunities. Garry now oversees 200 employees and has gained enough resources to provide for his family back home. The remittances he has been sending home have had a positive impact on the food security and nutrition as well as educational opportunities for his son, Garry explains. 

Jointly published with DG DEVCO (European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development).

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