Employment in Agriculture

Around one-quarter of the world’s labor force work in agriculture. In many low-to-middle-income countries, the majority work in farming and rely on it as their primary source of income.

A few centuries ago, this was the reality in rich countries too.

As countries get richer, the share of the population working in agriculture tends to decline as people move towards employment in industry and services.

Even among farmers, there are very large differences in incomes and productivity levels. The value added per worker can vary as much as ten-fold between countries.

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    title = {Employment in Agriculture},
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    year = {2023},
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