Thanks for this important discussion.
One of the problems is that the ILO is responsible for labor force data in general but the FAO is responsible for agricultural data. Agricultural labor force data often falls in a gap between the two organizations. The WIEGO network has worked closely with the ILO to improve the measurement of informal employment - but our work with the ILO has been restricted to non-agricultural employment as there is no consensus on how to define informality in agriculture. We now need to work with both the ILO and FAO to define informality in agriculture in order to get estimates on informal employment as a percentage of total employment. Measurement, as you know, if both technical and political - and financial.
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