Child labour in cocoa farming in Cote D’Ivorie

Child labour in cocoa farming in Cote D’Ivorie

The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, a West African nation is the leading supplier of cocoa accounting for more than 40 percent of global production. However this production is undertaken using child labour. Global March undertook a scoping mission to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in 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.

The main observations of the scoping mission:

  • child labour is still a serious problem in cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire
  • the quality of education is poor leading to poor learning among the pupils
  • the majority of the farmers are illiterate and unskilled
  • the country has a swelling population with poor reproductive rights
  • growing independence among women is symbolic of a progressive society but traditional belief and practices about the maturity of girls are prevalent within the society
  • social disconnect among the social and community workers and the community

The scoping mission has led to the following recommendations for bridging the gaps in cooperation to end child labour:

  • strengthening the primary as well as secondary education system, and including teachers' as partners in the growth story
  • regular capacity building, sensitisation and orientation of stakeholders on trafficking, child labour and forced labour
  • substituting hazardous child labour with decent work for youth
  • uniform messaging and communication for development
  • strengthening socially responsive and accountable community groups
  • effective remediation of child labour and child victims of trafficking
  • active participation of children and youth in education and community development
  • developing robust, accountable and transparent monitoring and certification mechanism
  • sustaining efforts towards poverty eradication with income generation prospects for women's empowerment
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