Child Labour in Cocoa Farming in Cote D'Ivoire

Child Labour in Cocoa Farming in Cote D'Ivoire

Published By: Global March Against Child Labour

Published Year: 2013

Elimination of child labour in agriculture is one of the strategic focus areas that Global March Against Child Labour (hereforth, Global March) had identified for policy and programmatic interventions for the period 2012-2016. This had been outlined in the Framework of Action that evolved out of the International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture that was held in Washington D.C., USA from 28 to 30 July 2012.
Republic of Co?te d'Ivoire, a West African nation is the leading supplier of cocoa accounting for more than 40 percent of global production.2 However, cocoa is mired with the distinction of having rampant child labour. Global March undertook a scoping mission to the Republic of Co?te d'Ivoire in January – February 2013 to gain an in depth knowledge about child labour in cocoa growing sector; existing interventions of various stakeholders for fighting child labour; identifying the gaps in sustainable withdrawal; protection and prevention of child labour in the cocoa farming sector. With the promulgation of Harkin-Engel Protocol, the efforts towards elimination of the worst forms child labour in cocoa production in Co?te d'Ivoire and the neighbouring cocoa producing country of Ghana were initiated.

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