Resources on Rural economy

  1. Video

    Promoting rural jobs to reduce poverty - an interview with Michael Henriques

    28 May 2008

    With three quarters of the world's poor living in rural areas, strategies to promote rural jobs are key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and hunger by 50 per cent before the year 2015. "Rural labour markets have changed," says Michael Henriques, Director of the ILO's Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department in an interview with ILO TV. "Globalization has had a major impact on the conditions of rural areas. The benefits of globalization are not spread equally." Delegates at the 97th International Labour Conference will discuss the promotion of rural employment for poverty reduction and produce a plan of action for the ILO to implement.

  2. Event

    ILO Seminar on PRSP & Indigenous Peoples

  3. Video

    The challenge to make chocolate child labour free

    18 December 2007

    There are over a quarter of a million children who work in the cocoa plantations of West Africa. It's hazardous work, which exposes children to highly toxic pesticides. This episode of the BBC World TV series "Survivors Guide" goes to Cameroon, where the International Labour Organization has been working to eliminate child labour from cocoa production and help children return to school. Produced by Rockhopper TV in cooperation with the ILO.

  4. Statement

    International Migrants Day - Message by Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO

    29 November 2007

    "Gains from migration and protection of migrant rights are inseparable" said Mr. Juan Somavia, highlighting the enormous contributions made by women and men migrant workers to the prosperity of their home and destination countries, on the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.