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This portfolio of 21 policy guidance notes has been developed as part of the knowledge products of the Outcome 5 on the promotion of decent work in the rural economy. The guidance notes complement the existing ILO policy briefs on rural development that were published in 2011.8 The portfolio illustrates the ILO’s holistic approach to promoting decent work in the rural economy and brings together the broad range of instruments and tools developed by the ILO over the past years. The goal of the policy guidance notes is to offer guidance to policymakers, the social partners and development practitioners on ways to effectively address employment- and labour-related issues in the rural context. The portfolio should lead to concrete action to ensure that account is taken of the key role of decent work in paving the way for social and economic advancement in rural areas, and should ultimately enable the ILO and its constituents to assist countries in factoring decent work priorities into rural development plans and policies.