AMU bags European Union’s 3-year project - AGRUMIG

Arba Minch University has added another feather to its cap by bagging a European Union’s 3-year project called - ‘Leaving something behind’ - Migration governance and agricultural & rural change in ‘home’ communities: Comparative experience from Europe, Asia and Africa’ (AGRUMIG). It will get operational from February 2019-to-April 2022, the legal signatory of the project, Dr Simon Shibru, informed.
Research and Community Service Vice President, Dr Simon Shibru, said, overarching goal of this project is to engage in an innovative qualitative and comparative analysis to understand the unique economic, institutional, cultural and agro-ecological contexts that will mediate particular relationship between migration and agriculture, as well as role played by diverse governance actors throughout the process.

It will bring together a range of key governance stakeholders at a national and international level and have a series of action plans aimed at achieving integrated migration governance solutions that can simultaneously support sustainable and equitable transformation in agriculture, while reducing the distress associated with migration process, he added.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London is the overall coordinator of this project, which is funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 program. It will cover seven countries i.e. Morocco, Ethiopia, Moldova, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Thailand and China.

The 14 partners of this project are SOAS of University of London, University of Birmingham, International Water Management Institute, University of Vienna, University of Central Asia/Mountain Societies Research Institute, National Institute for Economic Research, University of Bologna, University Mohammed V, Rabat, Social Science Baha/Centre for Study of Labor and Mobility, Raks Thai Foundation, OSCE Academy Bishek, Arba Minch University, Mekelle University and Centre Polis Asia; while Haramaya University and South China Agricultural University are two sub-contracting partners.

The total budget outlay of this three-year project for AMU and Mekelle University will be ETB 1.45 Million each to collect qualitative data pertaining to migration from designated rural areas, Dr Simon said.

(Corporate Communication Directorate)