Food Coalition

Protecting informal rural workers and entrepreneurs

Informal workers, including micro-entrepreneurs, are among the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Because of the simultaneous food supply and demand shocks caused by the crisis, they will face severe losses and financial burdens. Specific groups of workers, including women, youth, indigenous people, and migrant workers, who are overrepresented in the informal economy, will be disproportionally affected. In particular, previous crises and economic recessions have shown that youth are among the groups requiring most support to regain employment or income status. More than 95 percent of young rural workers worldwide are in the informal economy. They are 40 percent more likely than urban youth to be involved in casual waged labour without a contract. To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth, in March 2020, FAO launched rapid assessments in Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda, the results of which inform the formulation of this programme.

Priority Areas of work: Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 13. Climate Action
Level: Global
Country: Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Budget: USD 10 million

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