Resource The woes of rural wage labour, 24 March 2012
Type Web resource, Knowledge resource
Last update: 28/03/2012
Type: Web resource, Knowledge resource
Language English
Year of publication: 2012
Authors: Sukhpal Singh
Summary Smallholder agriculture is back on the global policy agenda. This is because of the growing demand for food and because the livelihoods of billions of people depend on small farms. However, farm wage labour remains largely ignored.

Some 70% of the world’s 1.4 billion extremely poor people live in rural areas. Across the continents, 445 million small family farms provide work for 2.2 billion people – which means that one-third of the global workforce depend on small farms for their livelihoods. These small farms, which represent 85% of the 525 million farms in the world, have less than two hectares of land. In China, 98% of all farms fall into this category; in Bangladesh, the figure is 95% and in Ethiopia, it’s 87%. In India, small farms account for 85.9% of all operational holdings and are responsible for farming 42% of the country’s total cultivated area.
Role Organisation
Network Organisation organisation details Fair Price and Fair Wages
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 331 Trade  
1.2 Institutional dimension Finance & Credit  
1.4 Target group(s) 1. Local communities
2. SMEs/Private sector