The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, warned about the risks to which agricultural workers and foresters are exposed.

The specialized agency urges Governments and the private sector to improve occupational safety in those sectors where strenuous work is carried out, considered among the most dangerous for health.

In a paper entitled Heat Management of Agricultural Workers, FAO draws attention to the increase in mortality rates due to heat-related illnesses, the sharpest problem in climates in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific.

In another document, called Report and Analysis of Accidents in the Forestry Sector, the institution urges to adopt a work system, so that stakeholders and authorities can identify prevention efforts.