Paradox of the Sweetest Crop: Child Labour and its Gendered Dimensions in the Sugarcane Supply Chain in India

Paradox of the Sweetest Crop: Child Labour and its Gendered Dimensions in the Sugarcane Supply Chain in India

Published By: Global March Against Child Labour

Published Year: 2020

Child labour, along with bonded labour is especially found in key commercial crops in India, sugarcane being one of them. The report ‘Paradox of the Sweetest Crop’ makes an attempt to delve further into the nuanced root causes of child labour and its gendered dimensions in the sugarcane sector. Commenced in the year 2019, the focus of this report is to use evidence-based information to highlight the issue of child labour in the sugarcane sector within its key socio- economic intersections such as gender, caste, migration and structural inequalities in the Indian agriculture sector. Gender, in particular has been emphasised as a crucial cross-cutting issue in determining the impacts of gender based inequalities and norms on the lived gendered experiences of child labourers.
The objectives of this research are focused at both policy as well as practice level and are based on the key pre-existing gaps, challenges and recommendations from relevant civil society members and the assessment derived from Global March’s own analysis collectively with its various regional partners.

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