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Food, Agriculture & Decent Work

More than two thirds of the 1.4 billion people who live in extreme poverty reside in rural areas of developing countries poverty (IFAD, 2011). The rural poor depend on agriculture and land-based productive resources, including forestry and fisheries, for their livelihoods. The creation of productive, decent and equitable employment is key to enabling them to escape from poverty and providing the means to produce or purchase adequate and nutritious food.

The two United Nations agencies responsible for agriculture and labour issues, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are fully committed to:

  • combating hunger and poverty by promoting rural and agricultural development strategies that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, gender sensitive and equitable
  • achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • achieving other internationally agreed development goals, in particular decent work, promoting employment, fundamental rights and principles at work, gender equality, social protection and social dialogue.

Latest News
National Workshop on Child Labour in Agriculture held in Niger: Strong commitment to create a national steering committee on child labour in agriculture

A national workshop held by the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO on Child labour in Agriculture took place in Niamey on July 23-24 (2014). There were 70 participants from all over the country representing a wide range of key stakeholders: technicians and officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Social Protection, the Ministry of Population, for the Promotion of Women and the Protection of the Child, representatives from producers and farmers’ organizations, from civil society organizations, from technical and financial partners and international organizations. The national workshop has been an opportunity to broadly reflect and take [...]

Engaging youth in agriculture: new report identifies challenges and solutions

A new report on “Youth and Agriculture: Key Challenges and Concrete Solutions” has recently been published by The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA), FAO, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The report provides real life examples of how to engage and incentivize young people to be involved in agriculture, so they are able to find innovative ways to create a future for themselves and contribute to the communities in which they live. Making sure that youth are involved in agriculture will be crucial to improving food security and [...]

Learn more about FAO’s contribution to the eradication of child labour

FAO has continued to scale-up its efforts to address child labour in agriculture, including fisheries, forestry and livestock, during the period 2012-2014. Contributions from FAO at major conferences and strengthened inter-agency cooperation at global, regional and national level are raising the profile of an integrated approach to child labour in agriculture. FAO is providing policy and technical support in a number of countries such as Cambodia, LAO PDR, Malawi, Mali, Niger and Tanzania. To achieve positive change in policies and practice, FAO is also enhancing knowledge and building capacity. Overall, FAO is integrating child labour concerns across its work [...]

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