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Trade, market development and employment

As agriculture is very important for rural livelihoods, agricultural trade has the potential to significantly affect rural employment and incomes. Agricultural trade can increase the move from agriculture to other sectors, leading to imbalances in output growth and incomes between economic sectors. This creates both risks and opportunities for decent rural employment in developing countries. Links between trade and employment are complex, and information on the linkages between the two (especially in agriculture) is limited.

What FAO does
A growing area of FAO's work is evaluating the impact of agricultural market development and trade on labour markets in order to strengthen the knowledge base on this topic at national and global level. 

Examples of country and regional-level work
FAO is currently working with IAPRI, to conduct a study of the constraints and opportunities for decent employment in the cassava and dairy value chains in Zambia, focusing on youth employment. This study aims to highlight the market and trade development opportunities and challenges that could affect employment in various activities along these value chains.