Expanding Social insurance for agricultural workers in NENA countries

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The goal of this project is to create a space for dialogue between agencies and governments in the region on expanding social protection for agriculture workers in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, and produce a series of policy-oriented briefs based on case studies of some pre-identified best practices to be documented through desk review and structured discussions.


International Labour Organization (ILO) , Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (FAO NENA)


Middle East and North Africa

Algeria , Libya , Mauritania , Morocco , Tunisia , Egypt , Iran , Iraq , Jordan , Lebanon , Sudan , Syria , Saudi Arabia , Kuwait , Bahrain , United Arab Emirates , Qatar , Yemen

Main Pillar

Knowledge Production

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Other Thematic Areas

Inclusive Growth

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty

Project Results

Focus group discussions and Interviews  

IPC-IG, FAO and ILO hosted and organised two online group discussions that aimed at creating a space for open dialogue between different categories of stakeholders in the NENA region, including representatives from relevant ministries (Social Solidarity/Development and Agriculture); authorities from national social security institutions; researchers and members of academia; as well as experts from UN agencies (FAO, ILO, and UNDP).

The agencies also conducted a total of fifteen semi-structured key informant interviews with representatives of agricultural workers from the NENA region between September and November 2021 (online and via telephone).


Policy Brief Series

Three policy briefs are currently under development, approaching the following themes:

Policy brief 1. The role of social insurance schemes in addressing the risks faced by agricultural workers in the NENA region 

Policy brief 2. Financing social insurance schemes for agricultural workers in the NENA region.

Policy brief 3. Improving administration, compliance, and incentives in social insurance schemes for agricultural workers in the NENA region.



A webinar will be organised by April 2022, aiming to inform the main takeaways of the project to the public.