FAO releases new anti-child labour handbook in agriculture

While much effort has been invested in preventing and reducing child labour in the production sector of export crops such as cocoa, coffee and cotton; child labour on family farms has remained untouched, says FAO report.

The 'Handbook for Monitoring and Evaluation of Child Labour in Agriculture, ‘ released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in June, aims to help ensure anti-child labour measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, in particular those targeting family farmers. 

According to the new guide , agriculture is the single sector that uses the most child labour worldwide. The guide therefore addresses child labour in the crop production, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture and forestry sectors, and recommends the inclusion of anti-child labour measures in agricultural and rural development programmes.

While acknowledging  that  programmes intended to boost local food production and support family farmers often do include components to address the issue of child labour in agriculture; the Handbook recognises that one size does not fit all. And that programmes and policies need to be adapted to each context.

The new guide is intended for use by agricultural organisations, NGOs, international organisations, agricultural ministries, policy-makers, and other actors involved in agricultural programmes.

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