Working Conditions

Even with widespread under-reporting of farmworker deaths, injuries and diseases, agriculture is still one of the three most hazardous work sectors due to fatalities, injuries and work-related sicknesses. At least 170,000 agriculture workers are killed on the job each year globally, and millions more are seriously injured in workplace accidents involving agricultural machinery or poisoned by pesticides and other agrochemicals. Agriculture employs a high number of children – more than 98 million children in 2012 – particularly for commodities such as cocoa, coffee, tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, and rice. In addition, an estimated 3.5 million people work in forced labor situations in agriculture, fishery and forestry.  

Commodity Exposure to Working Conditions Issues