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Academic publications

The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014, Potts, Jason, and Lynch Matthew , 06/2014, p.135-155, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Evaluation of river sand as a medium for raising cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) seedlings, Konlan, Sampson, and Opoku-Agyeman Michael Obour , American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Online, p.120, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Developing strategic coffe and cocoa research agendas, , Developing a strategic research agenda for cocoa and coffee, 05/2014, Wageningen, (0) , (Academic Publication)
A Comparative Study of Effects of Drying Methods on Quality of Cocoa Beans, Lasisi, D. , International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology (IJERT), 01/2014, Volume 3, Issue 1, Nigeria, p.996, (2014) , (Academic Publication)

Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms - Nr 2 Safety and health hazards's picture
TitleRooting out child labour from cocoa farms - Nr 2 Safety and health hazards
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
Corporate AuthorsOrganization, International Labour
InstitutionInternational Labour Organization - International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour
Keywordsagricultural sector, child labour, gender, health, safety, West Africa

The problems related to agricultural child labour are particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 30 per cent of all children under the age of 15 are thought to be working. International media attention at the beginning of the decade on the use of child labour in cocoa farming in West Africa under appalling conditions placed a glaring spotlight on just how harmful and hazardous agricultural work can be for children, particularly in areas of
extreme rural poverty. This increased concern about child labour in cocoa and other crops in the region and the urgent need for immediate action to address it at all levels gave rise to the ILO-IPEC technical assistance programme to combat hazardous and exploitative child labour in cocoa and commercial agriculture called WACAP.

From 2002 to 2006, WACAP supported projects in five countries: Cameroon,Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Nigeria. Overall, the programme was very effective in raising awareness, mobilizing stakeholders,building capacities or organizations in the countries and removing several thousand children from hazardous work in agriculture. Most importantly, it demonstrated that working with communities to help them resolve their own problems related to child labour can make a substantial difference in keeping children out of the workforce.

The four papers in this series, Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms, synthesize the knowledge and experiences acquired from implementation of the WACAP programme in the individual countries.
Paper No. 1: A synthesis report of five rapid assessments
Paper No. 2: Safety and health hazards
Paper No. 3: Sharing experiences
Paper No. 4: Child labour monitoring –A partnership of communities and government

They are complemented by training manuals for education practitioners and farmers.
Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms – A manual for training education practitioners: Ghana
Training resource pack on the elimination of hazardous child labour in agriculture


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