The agricultural sector employs an estimated 1.3 billion workers worldwide, which is nearly half of the world's labour force. Agriculture is one of the three most hazardous sectors of activity if it comes to fatalities, injuries and work-related ill-health.
Daniela Schröder, Naturland e.V.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, at least 170,000 agricultural workers are killed each year. This means that workers in agriculture run twice the risk of dying on the job compared with workers in other sectors. If we take a closer look, we see that by its nature, agricultural work is physically demanding. The risk of accidents is increased by difficult terrain, poorly designed tools, exposure to extreme weather conditions, associated with working and living in remote and rural communities. Furthermore, in most countries only some categories of agricultural workers are covered by national legislation, employment injury benefits or insurance schemes. A large number of agricultural workers are thus deprived of any form of social protection.
Therefore, Naturland wants to improve the situation of those who are not covered by the national social security system granting them at least access to health benefits and additional nutrition benefits. According to the Naturland guidelines on Social Responsibility, members are responsible for health, safety and hygiene at the workplace. This includes: