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Cocoa Production and Related Social-Economic and Climate Factors: A Case Study of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, Adeniyi, O. R., and Ogunsola G.O. , Agricultural Science , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nigeria, p.13, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Improving Productivity and Alleviating Poverty by Acknowledging the Role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Increasing Cocoa Quality by Acknowledging the role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
The Role of Education in Empowering Young Women in West-African Cocoa Communities - Poster presented at WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

Modeling the Determinants of Farmers’ Decision on Exclusive Schooling and Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector of Ghana

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TitleModeling the Determinants of Farmers’ Decision on Exclusive Schooling and Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector of Ghana
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAsenso-Okyere, K., Sarpong D. B., Okyere C. Y., Mensah-Bonsu A., and Asuming-Brempong S.
JournalGlobal Journal of Human Social Science Economics
VolumeVolume 13
IssueIssue 3
Date Published06/2013
PublisherGlobal Journals Inc.
Place PublishedUSA
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywords''cocoa'', ''slavery''
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The use of children on cocoa farms in West Africa has received extensive attention over the last few decades due to media coverage in the international press and growing pressure from international organizations such as the International Labor Organization. Based on 2007 cocoa sector survey, the paper used a logistic regression model to determine the factors that significantly affect the decision to let
a child attend school exclusively or do some work on the cocoa farm.

To enable them to develop, children who are in the school-going age are expected to devote their full time to education (and some recreation) and not engage in any type of work. The factors that were found to positively and significantly influence farmer`s decision to let the child attend school exclusively in cocoa communities of Ghana were: main source of drinking water being borehole, sex of a child, age of a child, and household heads living in the Ashanti cocoa region. The results of the study also showed that sex of household head and household head staying in the Western South cocoa region, had negative and significant effect on the household`s decision to let the child attend school exclusively.

Some of the children who undertook farm work got involved in hazardous work such as the use of cutlass which often harmed them and could put them further away from school; if they were enrolled. Children should not be made to compromise their education in any way by assisting with farm work which should be undertaken by adult household members and hired labor.

URLhttp://socialscienceresearch.org/index.php/GJHSS/article/view/585/532

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