Dr Dirgha Ghimire, University of Michigan
Start: Oct 2014 | End: Sept 2017
International labour migration from poor agricultural regions to more industrialised countries is a growing concern. This study focuses on the impact of labour out-migration on agricultural productivity in the migrant-sending locale of Chitwan Valley, Nepal, a poor area persistently facing food security problems.
This project will examine:
the extent to which labour out-migration influences agricultural productivity, women's participation in farming and exit from farming
the degree to which remittances influence farm technology use, women's participation in farming, and exit from farming
the relationship between the use of farm technology and exit from farming, and subsequent out-migration.
The research will generate high-quality scientific outcomes that include a comprehensive panel data set with potential to address perplexing methodological problems, as well as new empirical evidence on the consequences of labour out-migration, agricultural productivity and its interplay with gender.