Child Labor in Agriculture & Crisis: Guidance Note


This guide from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a pilot version of a practical report designed to guide fieldwork and policy for those who work with at-risk children in food and crisis relief programs. Agriculture employs more than half of the world’s child laborers, many of them in areas affected by conflict or natural hazards. The document suggests technical and operational actions for stakeholders in the agriculture, food security, and nutrition sector related to working conditions and crisis-response food programs. It defines child labor, outlines its risks, and includes practical “what you can do” suggestions for protecting children’s health and resilience. It is designed for trial use in food and relief programs but would also be suitable as a teaching tool in classes about health policy, health care delivery, and humanitarian aid.

The note was jointly developed by FAO’s strategic programs to reduce rural poverty and increase resilience to threats and crises. A related infographic, monitoring and evaluation handbook and an e-learning course on child labor in agriculture are also available.


Eynon A et al. FAO Guidance Note: Child Labour in Agriculture in Protracted Crises, Fragile and Humanitarian Contexts. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2017.