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Good practices in promoting decent rural employment

FAO is strengthening the evidence base on how to effectively support more productive and decent rural employment in developing countries. As part of these efforts, FAO is raising awareness about programmes and projects that have successfully improved the availability and/or quality of rural jobs in an effort to reduce poverty and food insecurity. These good practices can be used by a wide array of development practitioners and policymakers as a basis for developing more informed and effective programmes and projects in the future.

Read about good practices

To learn more about good practices in promoting decent rural employment, click on the briefs below. Every good practice brief features a programme or project that has made an important contribution to improving the availability and/or quality of rural jobs. For more information about a particular good practice, please contact the responsible organizations (contact information is listed at the end of each brief).

Submit your own good practices

If your organization has been directly involved in a programme or project that could constitute a good practice in promoting decent rural employment, we want to hear about it! Good practices will be used in FAO’s advocacy efforts, and may also inform the future work of FAO, its partner organizations and its Member States. Submissions selected as good practices will thereby gain significant visibility for the interventions and the organizations involved in their implementation. Click on the link on the right-hand side of this page and tell us about your experience.  

Good Practices

A dual-track approach for more productive and resilient livelihoods in the West Bank

2015
Limited access to water represents one of the most pressing problems for poor Palestinian farmers and herders in the West Bank. The poorest farming households – particularly those headed by women – are the most negatively affected, due to their reliance on rainfed agriculture.
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Supporting rural youth entrepreneurship to reduce migration in Honduras

2015
In Honduras, rural youth face considerable challenges in accessing productive and decent employment opportunities. The rural labour markets in the country are characterized by significant informality, low productivity and high levels of un- and under-employment. This is particularly true for those under 24 years of age, who constitute more than half of...
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Supporting productive and stable livelihoods through collective organization in Afghanistan

2015
Afghanistan is a predominantly rural country, with over 75 percent of the country’s inhabitants living in rural areas. A staggering 85 percent of Afghan households depend on agriculture for their livelihood. However, despite formidable reconstruction efforts, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
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Generating better jobs along the wool value chain in Pakistan

2015
Many of the people living in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province suffer from high levels of under-employment and poverty. Balochistan is one of the poorest provinces in Pakistan. About 80 percent of its population live in rural areas.
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