Resources on Rural economy

  1. Our impact, their voices

    Additional incomes help rural communities of Timor-Leste during the pandemic

    22 February 2021

    To assist the economic recovery, the ILO with support from its social partners in Timor-Leste support rural communities to survive the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direct employment opportunities.

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO and FAO join forces to keep logging safe

    26 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on logging operations around the world, with direct and serious implications for workers and enterprises. As economic activities restart, companies and workers must find ways to adapt to new realities. The ILO and FAO have joined forces and released a practical and participatory checklist to help companies, workers and customers stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, while mitigating the social economic impact of COVID-19.

  3. ILO Working paper 22

    Home-based work and homework in Ghana: An exploration

    22 January 2021

    This research report explores the nature and character of home-based work and the more narrow concept of homework in Ghana.

  4. © Abdel Hameed Al Nasier 2021

    Voices

    A refugee mother determined to provide despite COVID-19

    12 January 2021

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers' hours were reduced at the farm in Jordan where Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad lives and works. Resourceful and determined, she found alternative ways to earn money to buy milk for her baby daughter. Read her story on our new Voices multimedia platform.

  5. Publication

    COVID-19 and logging: Prevention and control checklist

    22 December 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on logging operations around the world, with implications for workers and enterprises. As economic activities restart, companies and workers must find ways to adapt to new realities. The ILO and FAO have joined forces and released a practical and participatory checklist to help companies and workers in logging activities stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 while mitigating its social and economic impacts.

  6. ILO Working paper 18

    More is more. Livelihood interventions and child labor in the agricultural sector

    14 December 2020

    This paper presents the results of two randomized livelihood intervention programmes aimed to reduce child labor, particularly in its most exploitative forms, in rural areas of Peru and the Philippines. It assess whether livelihood support interventions are effective in reducing child labor in rural areas; and whether combining livelihood support with education interventions and awareness-raising components makes the programmes more effective.

  7. News

    ILO supports the creation of market links through cooperatives in agriculture in Northern Sri Lanka

    10 December 2020

    Since its establishment in 2017, the ILO supported the Udayarkaddu Cooperative to establish a primary processing facility for fruits and vegetables, set up market linkages through private sector partnerships; and increase the production capacity of its member farmers through a series of capacity building initiatives. During COVID-19 the cooperative tailored ways to serve its members even during the lockdown.

  8. Article

    New partnership between the Government of Norway and the International Labour Organization to improve working conditions in Malawi’s tobacco sector

    08 December 2020

    This new project is well aligned to the strategic priorities of development cooperation between Norway and Malawi, which include a focus on the agriculture sector and respect for human rights, as well as with Norway’s global development cooperation priorities regarding the elimination of modern slavery and child labour.

  9. ILO COOP 100 Interview

    ILO COOP 100 Interview with Ünal Örnek, Coordinator of the Central Union of Turkish Forestry Cooperatives (ORKOOP)

    01 December 2020

    Established in March 1920, the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit marks its Centenary in 2020. On this occasion, the ILO COOP 100 Interview series features past and present ILO colleagues and key partners who were closely engaged in the ILO's work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). The interviews reflect on their experience and contributions in the past and shares their thoughts on the future of cooperatives and the SSE in a changing world of work.

  10. Video

    What Indonesian youth say about the pandemic? Let’s find out!

    30 November 2020

    The infographic video presents key findings of the ILO’s global research regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic to Indonesian youth and of the joint research of ILO and Cewekbanget.com and HAI, two leading youth media in the country.