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    Qualitative Research on the Impacts of Social Protection Programmes on Decent Rural Employment: A Research Guide
    (Pilot version)
    2015
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    The Social Protection and Decent Rural Employment research programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has grown out of the Social Protection Division’s research platform, “From Protection to Production”. The research seeks to gain a better understanding of how social protection policies and programmes can affect – and be improved to enhance impacts upon – decent rural employment. This Qualitative Research Guide describes in detail the sequencing, timing and methodology of the research process to be implemented in each country of study: training; fieldwork preparation; a simple and clear fieldwork roadmap; the theory of change hypotheses for the studies; guiding questions and research tools. The Guide will be used for conducting qualitative research as part of this programme and will also serve as a basis for future FAO research in social protection and decent rural employment.
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    Decent rural employment and productivity of family labour 2017
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    Agricultural labour productivity and decent employment are interlinked. Data show that in countries with higher agricultural productivity, the agricultural workforce faces a lower probability to be unemployed, poor or in vulnerable employment. This indicates that decent work gaps in agriculture can be addressed by increasing labour productivity. To do so, FAO works to improve the skills of the agricultural workforce through trainings and education, with particular emphasis on youth, helping them adapt to ongoing and future labour market demands. This enhances the ability of rural dweller to engage in high quality jobs and increases their mobility within the agricultural sector and towards agriculture-related activities. Altogether, this will foster inclusive rural development.
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    Promoting decent rural employment 2017
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    Promoting policies and investments that support the creation of decent employment opportunities in rural areas is crucial to generating livelihoods for the world’s poor. Rural people depend on agriculture and their own labour to earn a living; yet, rural employment opportunities are often scarce, informal, hazardous and poorly remunerated. To meet the Sustainable Development Goals and eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030, FAO works to build lasting policy changes that foster rural employment. B y supporting the development of strategies and programmes that create more and better jobs, FAO helps governments stimulate both the agricultural and the rural, non-farm economies. This includes promoting the application of international labour standards, particularly for eliminating child labour in agriculture, and partnering with national stakeholders to build human capital by improving access to vocational and entrepreneurial training and strengthening the capacity of rural organizations. FA O also helps countries address the root causes of distress migration by boosting decent employment opportunities in rural areas, while building resilience and risk management mechanisms to protect rural livelihoods.

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