Resources on Rural economy

  1. News

    UN Agencies to launch new report on gender and work in agricultural and rural areas

    19 January 2011

  2. Safety and health

    Experts adopt new ILO Code of Practice on safety and health in agriculture

    29 October 2010

    Experts representing workers, employers and governments, meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO), have adopted a new draft Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Agriculture designed to improve working conditions in agriculture which employs some one billion workers worldwide.

  3. Video

    WIND of Change

    05 February 2010

    More than one billion people worldwide earn their income from agriculture, working steadily to increase productivity and their standard of living. But farming brings risks that can undermine or even eliminate the gains hard won in the fields. From manual labour to machines, dangerous chemicals and unsanitary workplaces: farming families struggle with dangers at work and at home every day, but there's a WIND of change coming, as ILO TV reports.

  4. Gender and Rural Employment

    The Gender Dimensions of Agricultural and Rural Employment: Differentiated Pathways Out of Poverty

    13 May 2009

    FAO, IFAD and ILO organized a three-day technical expert workshop which was held in Rome, from 31 March to 2 April 2009. The workshop focused on the gaps, trends and current research in gender dismensions of agricultural employment. By ensuring rights, employment, social protection and social dialogue, Decent Work can be a means to achieve equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in rural areas where the majority of the world's poor live. Investing in gender equality in agriculture and rural employment not only makes economic sense but is also important for social justice.

  5. Food security

    From crisis to crisis: the impact of the global food crisis on decent work

    09 April 2009

    Since 2007, escalating food prices have created budget turmoil, trade imbalances and inflation and provoked panic and social unrest in some countries. Despite bumper harvests of rice and wheat in 2008 that may have alleviated some of the concern, economies are now grappling with a worsening global economic crisis. Is the evolution of lower prices for grains cause for hope, or will the economic crisis provide cause for fear? The food price situation was discussed in Geneva at an ILO meeting last month. ILO Online asked Dr. Riswanul Islam, Special Advisor on Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction, to take stock of the impact of the global food crisis on decent work and poverty.

  6. Event

    Gender and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty

  7. Food security

    Tripartite Technical Workshop on the Impact of the Food Price Crisis on Decent Work

    09 March 2009

    The ILO held a two-day workshop on 5-6 March 2009 on the global food crisis and its impact on decent work. The meeting recommended measures to achieve global food security and to involve networks of employers and workers organizations in the development and delivery of national plans to do so.

  8. Occupational Safety and Health

    Fair WIND for Safety in Kyrgyzstan

    17 December 2008

    An ILO occupational safety and health training program for farmers and other agricultural workers in Kyrgyzstan has become a starting point for a broader political process of social dialogue between workers, employers and government.

  9. Microinsurance

    Peru: Microinsurance paves the way for social protection in rural areas

    14 October 2008

    A large insurance firm and an association of water irrigation users have teamed up to become the first providers of micro-life insurance for millions of small farmers in Peru. The project, which has received support from the ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will allow a third of rural families in Peru to have access to social protection for the first time. ILO reports from Lima.

  10. Article

    In Kyrgyzstan, employment and training programmes help stem a rural exodus

    16 June 2008

    Providing decent employment in agriculture for young people is an immense challenge but mass migration from rural to urban areas has led to poverty in and around cities. Appropriate employment and training programmes can help regulate the rate of rural out-migration and ease pressure on urban centers, says a new ILO report on rural employment and poverty reduction issued at this year’s International Labour Conference in Geneva. ILO Online reports from Kyrgyzstan.