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Worldwide, more than 70 percent of all child labour is in agriculture.
Around 100 million boys and girls aged 5-17 work in agriculture.
In sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of children have not enrolled in school.

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Obtaining a quality education is crucial to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Yet millions of children in rural communities are trapped in child labour, while the average out-of-school rate worldwide is twice as high in rural areas compared with urban areas.

FAO promotes educational systems sensitive to the needs of rural communities and supports improved access to primary education. The Organization assists countries in establishing school gardens and school food programmes. These initiatives encourage school attendance, bring direct nutritional and physical development benefits to young children and have long-lasting social, economic and environmental benefits for the community as a whole. FAO also encourages the adoption of school calendars compatible with seasonal rural work and training curricula better adapted to equip rural youth with the skills required in rural labour markets.

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Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition

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