Expanding Social insurance for agricultural workers in NENA countries

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This project aimed at creating a space for dialogue between agencies and governments in the Near East and North Africa on the expansion of social protection for agricultural workers in the region, as well as to produce a series of policy briefs based on the best practices identified through document review and structured discussions with stakeholders and experts.


International Labour Organization Regional Office for Arab States (ILO ROAS) , 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 were developed, covering the following topics:

  1. The role of social insurance schemes in addressing the risks faced by agricultural workers in the NENA region 
  2. Financing social insurance schemes for agricultural workers in the NENA region
  3. Improving administration, compliance, and incentives in social insurance schemes for agricultural workers in the NENA region

In addition, a methodological note was developed, summarising the methodology adopted for the three reports.


A webinar was organised by April 2022, with the aim to discuss the main takeaways of the project with invited experts and the broader public.