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Decent rural employment

Over three quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Most depend on agriculture to earn a living. However, rural employment opportunities are often informal, poorly paid and even hazardous. Peter Wobst, Senior Programme Officer of the FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction together with Ileana Grandelis, Rural Employment Officer of the FAO Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division explain how promoting full employment and decent work in rural areas can contribute to food security and poverty reduction. They describe the FAO policy work, including key policy messages. See all videos in the Policy and Governance series :  AR [...]



Reducing Distress Migration Through Decent Rural Employment. Rural Transformations. Information Note 4

This 2-pager identifies challenges and opportunities of migration for rural areas. It also describes FAO’s work to enhance benefits for migration, while addressing the root causes of distress migration from rural areas.



Social Protection and Decent Rural Employment. Rural Transformations. Information Note 3

This 2 pager highlights the positive impact of social protection on employment outcomes. It also describes FAO’s work to promote access to social protection in rural areas while seeking to strengthen synergies with the creation of decent rural employment.



Understanding Decent Rural Employment. Factsheet

FAO defines Decent Rural Employment (DRE) as work that provides a living income and reasonable working conditions. Work should be remunerative and dignified and should enable people to provide for themselves and their families. Workers should be able to perform their tasks under safe conditions and have voice in the work place. Being central to its mission, FAO actively supports countries to promote decent employment in rural areas. This fact sheet breaks down the definition of DRE and presents it in a easy-to-understand format.



Decent rural employment toolbox: Tool for conducting a capacity needs assessment on decent rural employment at country level

This tool has been designed as a way to provide comprehensive policy support to governments and development partners in the context of FAO’s Integrated Country Approach for promoting Decent Rural Employment (DRE). 



Decent rural employment Toolbox: Applied Definition of DRE

The purpose of the applied definition is to equip professionals involved in DRE (Decent Rural Employment) promotion with an applied concept which is precise enough to guide the mainstreaming, policy support and measurement of DRE within the frame of agricultural and rural development interventions. 

Issue paper


Promoting Economic Diversification and Decent Rural Employment Towards Greater Resilience to Food Price Volatility

The poor are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of high and volatile food prices. Available evidence, while not conclusive, indicates that both urban and rural poor, including poor farmers, are particularly exposed because they are typically net buyers of food (Ivanic and Martin, 2008). Food accounts for as much as three-quarters of the expenditures of poor households in some countries.



FAO Policy on Gender Equality. Attaining Food Security Goals in Agriculture and Rural Development

Gender equality is central to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO’s) mandate to achieve food security for all by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity and natural resource management, and improving the lives of rural populations. FAO can achieve its goals only if it simultaneously works towards gender equality and supports women’s diverse roles in agriculture and rural development. Gender equality is not only an essential means by which FAO can achieve its mandate, it is also a basic human right. Available in French and Spanish.

Issue paper


Decent Rural Employment for Food Security: A Case for Action

Identifies the links between decent employment and food security and shows how improving policy coherence between employment and agricultural initiatives and investing more in the promotion of decent rural employment will contribute highly to the interlinked challenges of fighting rural poverty and feeding a growing world population in a sustainable way.

Case study


Promoting employment and entrepreneurship for vulnerable youths in West Bank and Gaza Strip

FAO - in partnership with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Youth Development Association and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) - has recently published a case study report on “Promoting Employment and Entrepreneurship for Vulnerable Youths in West Bank and Gaza Strip” Youth in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) face enormous challenges related to occupation, conflict, deep rural poverty, food insecurity and lack of extracurricular activities. Israeli closure policies, the construction of the Separation Wall, land confiscation, limited access to [...]
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