Decent Rural Employment

Most poor rural women and men depend on their labour to earn a living. However, available rural employment opportunities are often precarious, poorly remunerated and even hazardous to their well-being. This can trap workers and their families in a vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. To remedy this, FAO supports countries in creating decent rural employment opportunities that ensure a living wage, security in the workplace, access to social protection and respect for fundamental human rights. [...]

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Key Facts

  • Nearly 8 out of every 10 working poor live in rural areas
  • Less than 20 percent of agricultural workers have access to basic social protection
  • More than 42 million jobs are needed every year to meet the growing number of new entrants in labour markets
  • 70 percent of all child labour is found in agriculture, affecting 112 million children