differences etc. all of which influence migration patterns and remittance utilization. Methods must therefore be broadened to include more qualitative techniques and case studies. 2. Integrate migration and commuting into PRSPs, CASs, National Plans At present most key policy documents related to rural development, agriculture and poverty reduction pay little or no attention to migration.
These should be reviewed where possible to integrate migration and commuting concerns. There needs to be a greater recognition of the contribution of current and future mobility to development and poverty reduction. 3. Identify the conditions which stimulate the productive use of remittances Examples of productive investment of remittances should be studied to understand where and how this has occurred by giving special attention to: • Labour availability and household labour allocation decisions, how gender roles and cultural factors influences these decisions and the impacts of labour depletion on the household and local economy• The skills base of migrants and how / if this has changed through migration and what contribution that has made to developing / enhancing agriculture or enterprise in the source village• Existing constraints faced by the poor in key agricultural markets such as credit and labour and how remittances are used in situations of persistent debt created by interlocked markets - do remittances help the poor in escaping from these arrangements? • Availability of key natural resources - water and land are probably the most important.
Are remittances invested in buying more land and is this used for production soon, later or never? Does the availability of water affect this pattern? The information from such studies can be used to identify appropriate complementary interventions The obvious ones are education and health - i. e. more educated and healthier farmers are more likely to spend on better farm inputs and technologies etc. 4. Identify locations / situations where it would make more sense to facilitate the movement of people This would need to be decided on a case by case basis, say at the district level in order to accommodate location specific historical, agro-ecological factors as well rates of urbanization and agricultural development.
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