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Agricultural Workers and thier Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

— theme: Employment and socio-economic policies
— country: Global
— type: Books

This report, jointly produced by the FAO, ILO and IUF, focuses on the 450 million women and men who are employed as waged agricultural workers, and who are at the very heart of the food production system. It demonstrates that these waged agricultural workers - who account for over 40 percent of the total agricultural workforce - remain largely invisible to policy- and decision-makers in governments, agricultural and rural development agencies, intergovernmental organizations, science and research institutions, agricultural banks and credit institutions as well as to many civil society organizations and groups. This report aims to promote recognition of this group of workers.

Author/Editor
Food and Agriculture Organization International Labour Organization International Union of Food, Agricultural,Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations
Publishing Year
2007

Part I of the report looks in detail at the women and men who make up over 40% of the agricultural workforce. By providing data on the size and composition of the waged workforce, and those elements which are needed to ensure sustainable livelihoods for this occupational group, the report shows how waged workers are a major and dynamic part of the agricultural workforce.

In Part II, the report examines what employers, governments, agricultural and rural development agencies, intergovernmental organizations, science and research institutions, agricultural banks and credit institutions, civil society organizations and others must do to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of waged agricultural workers.

The report shows that waged workers, and the trade unions that organize and represent them, already play important - if largely unacknowledged - roles in sustainable
agriculture and rural development, food security and sustainable development. It argues that the contribution of agricultural workers and their trade unions to making food production and food security sustainable is potentially very large and virtually untapped.

The Report concludes with a set of recommendations, some of which are specifically addressed to the FAO and ILO, to ensure that conditions of decent work and fair employment prevail in agricultural industries, and that basic human rights in this sector are respected.

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