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Labor > Agricultural workers > Male: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Countries with a high percentage of people employed in the agricultural sector are, generally speaking, poorer and less developed than those with a small percentage of agricultural workers.

In more industrialized societies, the agricultural industry tends to be more automated, with heavier reliance on machines and equipment than on human labor.

Also, in a poorer country, subsistence farming is a more legitimate alternative to low-wage labor than in a wealthier nation. Very few people in developed countries opt to pursue subsistence farming for economic reasons, though some do for cultural or social reasons.

Another factor in higher agricultural sector employment is the availability of cheap labor. Farm work is usually seasonal, with short periods of intense labor and long periods of waiting. It is easier and more economically sensible to find and use cheap, short-term labor in a poor country with low wages and high unemployment than in an industrialized nation with more plentiful employment alternatives.

DEFINITION: Proportion of employed males engaged in the agricultural sector. Employment by economic activity (%) (most recent year available between 1995 and 2001). Note: As a result of a number of limitations in the data, comparisons of labour statistics over time and across countries should be made with caution. For detailed notes on the data see ILO (2002. Estimates and Projections of the Economically Active Population, 1950-2010, 4th ed., rev. 2. Database. Geneva; 2002. Key Indicators of the Labour Market 2001-2002. February 2002; and 2002. Laboursta Database. February 2002). The percentage shares of employment by economic activity may not sum to 100 because of rounding or the omission of activities not classified.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Ethiopia 89% 2010
2 Bangladesh 54% 2010
3 Kyrgyzstan 52% 2010
4 Thailand 50% 2010
5 Honduras 50% 2010
6 Philippines 47% 2010
7 Pakistan 41% 2010
8 Indonesia 41% 2010
9 Romania 39% 2010
10 Sri Lanka 38% 2010
11 Namibia 38% 2010
12 El Salvador 37% 2010
13 Belize 37% 2010
14 Guatemala 36% 2010
15 Turkey 34% 2010
16 Dominica 31% 2010
17 Jamaica 30% 2010
18 Egypt 28% 2010
19 Saint Lucia 27% 2010
20 Brazil 26% 2010
21 Panama 25% 2010
22 Lithuania 24% 2010
23 Dominican Republic 24% 2010
Emerging markets average (profile) 23.15% 2010
24 Mexico 23% 2010
25 Costa Rica 22% 2010
26 Malaysia 21% 2010
27 Kenya 20% 2010
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 19.71% 2010
28 Chile 19% 2010
29 Poland 19% 2010
30 Latvia 17% 2010
31 Venezuela 16% 2010
32 Croatia 16% 2010
33 Grenada 16% 2010
34 Greece 16% 2010
35 Mauritius 15% 2010
36 Russia 15% 2010
37 Ireland 12% 2010
38 Iceland 12% 2010
NATO countries average (profile) 11.62% 2010
39 Cyprus 11% 2010
40 Estonia 11% 2010
41 Portugal 11% 2010
42 Trinidad and Tobago 11% 2010
43 Slovenia 11% 2010
44 New Zealand 11% 2010
European Union average (profile) 10.52% 2010
45 Ecuador 10% 2010
46 South Korea 10% 2010
47 Slovakia 10% 2010
48 Hungary 9% 2010
Eurozone average (profile) 8.69% 2010
49 Peru 8% 2010
50 Finland 8% 2010
51 Spain 8% 2010
High income OECD countries average (profile) 7.77% 2010
52 Suriname 7% 2010
53 Paraguay 7% 2010
54 Czech Republic 6% 2010
55 Australia 6% 2010
56 Italy 6% 2010
57 Morocco 6% 2010
58 The Bahamas 6% 2010
59 Uruguay 6% 2010
60 Norway 6% 2010
61 Austria 6% 2010
62 Barbados 5% 2010
63 Japan 5% 2010
64 Switzerland 5% 2010
65 Canada 5% 2010
66 Denmark 5% 2010
67 Nigeria 4% 2010
68 United States 4% 2010
69 Sweden 4% 2010
70 Netherlands 4% 2010
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 3.86% 2010
71 Belgium 3% 2010
72 Germany 3% 2010
73 Israel 3% 2010
74 Colombia 2% 2010
75 France 2% 2010
76 Bolivia 2% 2010
77 United Kingdom 2% 2010
78 Argentina 1% 2010

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Agricultural workers > Male. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", ILO (International Labour Organization). 2002. Key Indicators of the Labour Market 2001-2002. February 2002. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Agricultural-workers/Male

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Countries with a high percentage of people employed in the agricultural sector are, generally speaking, poorer and less developed than those with a small percentage of agricultural workers.

In more industrialized societies, the agricultural industry tends to be more automated, with heavier reliance on machines and equipment than on human labor.

Also, in a poorer country, subsistence farming is a more legitimate alternative to low-wage labor than in a wealthier nation. Very few people in developed countries opt to pursue subsistence farming for economic reasons, though some do for cultural or social reasons.

Another factor in higher agricultural sector employment is the availability of cheap labor. Farm work is usually seasonal, with short periods of intense labor and long periods of waiting. It is easier and more economically sensible to find and use cheap, short-term labor in a poor country with low wages and high unemployment than in an industrialized nation with more plentiful employment alternatives.

Posted on 09 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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In response to Chris - About 50% of the labor force in China works in agriculture, but statistical break-up showing the proportion of employed males engaged in the agricultural sectors is not available.

Posted on 08 Apr 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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In response to 'Idiota' - About 70% of the labor force in Burma (Myanmar) works in agriculture, but statistical break-up showing the proportion of employed males engaged in the agricultural sectors is not available.

Posted on 08 Apr 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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