WIND Instructor's Manual Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development. Practical approaches for improving safety, health and working conditions in agriculture

The WIND training programme has given farmers around the world an opportunity to improve their safety and health and has even been incorporated into national policies on OSH in many countries. This approach is especially suitable for training small-scale farmers to propose and make immediate improvements in their daily lives, focusing on low-cost and locally sustainable measures and materials.

Reflecting the growing awareness of the need to protect farmers, global progress has been made in safeguarding occupational safety and health in the agricultural sector. This has been reflected specifically in the continuous training of farmers, which helps to improve their safety, health and wellbeing despite the many challenges they face. Of particular significance are the recent experiences of participatory training and practices geared towards agriculture.

Recognizing the hazardous nature of agricultural work, the Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001 (No. 184) (ILO 2001) strongly emphasizes the importance of comprehensive risk management and the implementation of multifaceted preventive measures to protect workers from occupational injuries and illnesses.

In addition, the ILO's Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Agriculture, adopted in 2009, seeks to raise awareness of the dangers and risks in the sector and promote their effective management. The Code encourages governments, employers, workers and other stakeholders to cooperate in the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases and in promoting more positive attitudes and behaviour towards occupational safety and health (OSH) in the agricultural sector. Participatory training programmes are key tools for the implementation of these international standards and guidelines in the workplace (ILO, 2011).