Most available jobs in agriculture are associated with low and unstable incomes, poor safety and health conditions, inequality in pay and opportunities, and limited social protection.
As noted above, most of the poorest live in rural areas, derive large share of their incomes from agricultural activities, and produce significant share of their own food. Invariably, the poor also spend large proportions of their incomes on food. Despite all these stereotypical conditions, the poor farmers toil and bring out the fruits of their “sweat”. However, when it comes to the returns, their hard work goes in vain by the time the fruits of their sweat reach the market.