Agriculture provides an income for over one billion people worldwide and accounts for a particularly high proportion of unprotected workers, especially in developing countries. The work is heavy and often involves long working hours in conditions that carry many risks, including exposure to hazardous chemicals, machinery and the climate. Furthermore, as farming families live at their workplace, the risks for the whole family, especially young children, are particularly marked.
The Work Improvement in Neighbourhood development (WIND) programme is a participatory and action-oriented training programme designed to address the special circumstances faced by agricultural families. The principles underlying this approach are based on the ILO's WISE methodology, but take into account the inter-related nature of rural life and work, encouraging the involvement of the community and agricultural structures in achieving sustainable improvements. The training covers five technical areas.
WIND programmes have been implemented in twenty-three countries across four continents. WIND training and communication materials have been developed, adapted and translated into twelve languages.