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Worldwide, nearly 60 percent of child labour is found in agriculture.
Up to 100 million boys and girls aged 5-17 years old are identified as child labourers in agriculture.
In sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of children have not enrolled in school.

Quality education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls.

In some countries, however, stunting and malnutrition prevent children from going to school, compromising their learning ability and depriving them of a better future. The vast majority of primary school age children who do not attend school are from rural areas. Among them, millions of children are trapped in child labour in agriculture.

Coordinating with other UN agencies to support improved access to primary education, FAO assists countries in establishing school gardens and school-feeding programmes, Right to Food legislation and social protection programmes. These initiatives can 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 promotes education systems sensitive to the needs of agricultural and rural communities, a “whole school” approach to nutrition education, in which classroom learning is linked with practical activities, reinforced by a nutrition- and health-friendly school environment involving the participation of all school staff, families and the community.

Sensitive to the needs of agricultural and rural communities, FAO encourages the adoption of school calendars more compatible with seasonal rural work and training curricula better adapted to equip rural youth with the skills required in the rural labour markets.

Rural people, especially youth and women, have very limited access to sound learning opportunities. Yet, equitable access to quality education and lifelong learning are key to ensuring sustainable agricultural development and inclusive rural transformation. 

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