Resources on Rural economy

  1. Labour migration

    Working and employment conditions in the agriculture sector in Thailand: A survey of migrants working on Thai sugarcane, rubber, oil palm and maize farms

    20 May 2022

    Agriculture has historically been the backbone of the Thai economy, employing the majority of the national working age population. While the sector has seen a decline in the number of workers in recent years, some 12.7 million workers, approximately 30 per cent of Thailand’s total labour force, work in agriculture today. Increasingly, the sector is depending on migrant workers from Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Myanmar to fill the growing labour shortages in the sector.

  2. Voices

    A child should go to school, not to work

    16 May 2022

    Domboué Nibéissé was 9 years old when he stopped going to school and started to work in the cotton fields in Burkina Faso. Difficult and tiring work, two years later he was given an opportunity to return to school.

  3. Publication

    Occupations and skills assessment for youth in selected refugee settlements of Isingiro, Arua and Madi Okollo districts in Uganda

    05 May 2022

  4. News

    Faces of Recovery: Cooperating for a better future

    03 May 2022

    This story is from the "Faces of Recovery" series about how Haitians, the UN and partners responded to the devastation caused by the August 2021 earthquake.

  5. © Francisco Cruz Anaya 2022


    Good coffee, safe lives

    28 April 2022

    Briseida Venegas Ramos is president of a female-led coffee cooperative in Veracruz, Mexico. She teaches farmers how to prevent accidents while working.

  6. News

    Call for consultant: Supply and demand of financial services for agricultural value chains in Sierra Leone

    25 April 2022

    The ILO is looking for a consultant to update and complement a review of Sierra Leone’s financial services sector. The review focuses on internal and external value chain finance and will build on earlier ILO assessments in 2017 and 2020. The review will include a mapping of existing approaches, gaps and potential entry points for the financial sector in the agricultural value chain as well as identifying potential actors in agricultural value chains that would benefit from it. The deadline for submitting applications is 10 May 2022.

  7. Publication

    How market systems development strengthens productivity ecosystems

    25 April 2022

    Improving worker employability and productivity in Peru's forestry sector

  8. News

    Dairy cooperatives in Mozambique benefit from ILO training tools

    25 April 2022

    In strengthening dairy cooperatives in Mozambique, Coopermondo has been using the ILO tools Think.Coop and Start.Coop in the framework of the SALsA project.

  9. © Stefan Grozdev 2022


    I dreamed a forest into life

    22 April 2022

    Raya Ubenova asked herself what she could do about climate change. Her solution: to plant a forest of 7,500 trees in her home country, Bulgaria.

  10. EIIP Digital Collection

    The EIIP Digital collection now available publicly

    11 April 2022

    The EIIP has been working with the ILO Library to establish a separate EIIP collection within the overall ILO Digital Collection of publications. This collection is now publicly available and provides a permanent repository of EIIP publication and will be kept updated. It includes all EIIP related publications which have been published by the ILO or for which the copyright rests with the ILO.