Resources on Rural economy

  1. Video

    International agencies join forces with ILO to launch global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture

    12 June 2007

    In a ceremony marking a new global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture, representatives from the FAO, IFAD, IFPRI, CGIAR, IFAP and the IUF signed an agreement at a side event to the International Labour Conference committing their organizations to a concerted effort to reach the target of ending the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

  2. Video

    Tackling Child Labour in Agriculture

    12 June 2007

    Worldwide, agriculture is the sector where by far the largest number of working children can be found - an estimated 70 per cent, of whom 132 million are girls and boys aged 5-14. These children are helping to produce the food and beverages we consume. Their labour is used for crops such as cereals, cocoa, coffee, fruit, sugar, palm oil, rice, tea, tobacco and vegetables. They also work in livestock raising and herding, and in the production of other agricultural materials such as cotton and cottonseed.

  3. Press release

    World Day Against Child Labour 2007: New global partnership against child labour in agriculture

    12 June 2007

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) today joined forces with five key international agricultural organizations to launch a new landmark global partnership to tackle child labour in agriculture.

  4. Article

    Feature story from the Philippines: Making future harvests without child labour

    11 June 2007

    Seventy per cent of the world’s working children are in agriculture. From tending cattle to harvesting crops, handling dangerous machinery and spraying pesticides, over 132 million children aged 5 to 14 help produce the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Minette Rimando who works for the ILO’s Subregional Office in Manila reports from the Philippines.

  5. Press release

    12 june 2007 - World Day Against Child Labour to focus on elimination of child labour in agriculture

    05 June 2007

    This year’s World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June is to focus on the elimination of child labour in agriculture, which accounts for a staggering percentage of the world’s working children and is one of the most dangerous forms of work for children and adults like.

  6. Video

    Making information technology work for agriculture in India

    30 March 2007

    Using IT in the agricultural sector is one solution to help reduce poverty in India and bridge the digital divide.

  7. Statement

    Interview of Maximiliano Cox, Director of the FAO Rural Development division

    08 February 2007

    In this interview Mr. Maximiliano Cox, Director of the FAO Rural Development Division gives an insight on the future collaborations between FAO and ILO in the framework of the issues raised by the report prepared by the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization and entitled "A Fair Globalization: creating opportunities for all."

  8. Article

    Creating a "socialist harmonious society in the countryside": Towards universal health insurance in rural China

    30 January 2007

    In 2003, the government launched a New Rural Cooperative Medical Insurance (NRCMI) with an ambitious objective of covering all rural residents by 2010. The new health insurance system is seen as a central pillar of the government's plan to improve the working and living conditions of the country's huge agricultural workforce and eliminate poverty in the countryside. Will it be feasible?

  9. Video

    Making Information Technology Work For Agriculture in India

    02 October 2006

    Despite a rapid growth in it’s information communication technology sector, the digital divide in India is getting wider. Using IT in the agricultural sector is one solution to help reduce poverty in India and bridge the digital divide.

  10. Article

    Regional Meeting for the Americas 2-5 May - Forced labour in Latin America: Fighting impunity

    02 May 2006

    In Latin America, 1.3 million people are victims of forced labour, representing more than 10 per cent of forced labourers worldwide. According to the report prepared for the ILO Regional Meeting for the Americas, despite this high number it is possible to drastically reduce forced labour over the next 10 years if there is a will to do so. ILO Online reports from Brazil.