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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
Ghana: promoting decent work opportunities along the cassava value chain

On 28-29 November 2013, FAO hosted a sensitization workshop on decent rural employment issues in the cassava value chain in Ghana’s West Gonja District. Representatives of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and Northern Regional Coordinating Council, as well as local cassava producers, processors and traders were brought together in Tamale to learn about, discuss and deliberate over the working conditions in the local cassava value chain. The workshop was held as part of FAO’s Programmatic Regional Initiative (SO3PRI), which is implementing FAO’s integrated approach to rural poverty reduction in Northern Ghana. Through this integrated approach, FAO is providing comprehensive [...]

Sweden provides funding to joint ILO-FAO programme for young rural entrepreneurs in Zambia

A new UN Joint Programme that aims to boost national food security in Zambia by encouraging young women and men to develop sustainable rural enterprises has received contributions of USD 7 million from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The initiative will also contribute to Zambia’s implementation of the Comprehensive Accelerated Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) launched by the African Union, and linked to the Rural Futures Initiative championed by the AU-New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) planning agency. While Zambia has made significant progress in recent years to develop its economy, rural poverty continues to affect young people, [...]

Global Conference and new global estimates emphasize the need for continued focus on child labour in agriculture

The 3rd Global Conference on Child Labour – hosted by the Brazilian Government from October 8-10 2013 – was attended by delegates from 152 countries who gathered to identify successful ways to eradicate child labour globally and to take stock of progress made towards the implementation of the Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. At the opening ceremony, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff addressed representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society actors and regional as well as international organizations – calling attention to the critical role that all stakeholders [...]

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