Digitalization for smallholder agriculture can be a game-changer in supporting and accelerating agricultural transformation across low- and middle-income countries. Investing in building this digital infrastructure will enable new capabilities in agriculture and revolutionize how communities secure their livelihoods leading to our shared vision of a living income for all.
Commitments to action
Coalition of Action on Decent Work and Living Incomes and Wages for All Food Systems Workers
IFAD, ILO, CARE
The Coalition of Action on Decent Work and Living Incomes and Wages for All Food Systems Workers advances equitable livelihoods by promoting labour and human rights and increasing opportunities for decent and productive employment within the agri-food sector, including achieving 100% living incomes and wages, thereby ensuring economic and social justice and the right to adequate and nutritious food for all food systems workers.
This involves guaranteeing the effective implementation of international labour and human rights standards; improving the functioning and governance of labour markets; promoting compliance with labour legislation; empowering workers and their organisations; strengthening social dialogue and delivering decent working and living conditions, including the right to social protection for all and especially those most likely be left behind, workplace safety and health and living incomes and wages for all food systems workers. This also involves creating equitable opportunities to earn decent incomes through productive farming, fishing and pastoralism and by improving decent employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in on- and off-farm enterprises, and other related sectors of the food system; and, ensuring sustainability and resilience of incomes and jobs to adverse shocks, crisis and climate change.
Particular attention is paid to eliminating exploitation and discrimination in the workplace. In ensuring equal rights for all agri-food workers and equitable access to social rights, productive assets and decent employment opportunities in food systems, a focus is on groups of workers particularly exposed to socioeconomic vulnerability such as youth, women, Indigenous peoples, migrant workers, informal economy workers, and those marginalized on grounds of ethnicity, race, religion, and disability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our food systems and exacerbated the decent work deficits endured by agri-food workers in many countries. We now have the chance to rethink our traditional approaches and develop effective strategies to build back better. In this context, the Food Systems Summit presents a unique opportunity to initiate new bold commitments and action to transform the way we produce and consume food. To achieve its long-term objective, which is to ensure that food systems play a central role in building a fairer, more sustainable world and “leave no one behind”, effective action and measurable progress need to be generated towards decent work and social justice for all food system workers.
Advance Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work, & Empowered Communities
Human and labour rights
Unite The World With Africa Foundation in America is funding the build-out of the women’s owned social enterprise in Tanzania called The Unite Food Program (UFP). The mission is to empower small-scale farmers in Tanzania by purchasing their organic grains at fair-market prices and then processing the organic grains at the Unite Food Program headquarters to sell to the masses, again at fair-market prices
The Mountain Partnership is the only United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to promoting the world’s mountains and mountain peoples. Mountains contribute to sustaining the livelihoods of 1.1 billion people living in mountains and those of a much larger number of people in the lowlands.