ATC 2012

The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban Areas

In recent years, food prices have increased to prohibitive levels for many of the world’s poor. They have remained high and volatile. While many poor city dwellers have been forced to reduce their diets to include only very basic foods, the vast majority of those who are hungry in the world today (over half a billion) are working in agriculture, either as small landholders or as waged agricultural workers. This paradox has sparked a lively debate about the reasons for food price increases. However, the implications for the Decent Work Agenda have received less attention, and the four dimensions of the decent work concept (creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and promoting social dialogue) do not explicitly cover the issue of rising food prices. Therefore, the 2012 Annual Thematic Conference held by the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) will commit to an exploration of the origins of the food crisis, its implications for the Decent Work Agenda, and strategies for addressing the crisis.

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