Not So Sweet: Hazardous Child Labour, with a focus on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast
The 2nd World Cocoa Conference is taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 9-13 June 2014. The conference brings the cacao industry together to address amongst other issues the eradication of child labour in the cocoa production.
The Netherlands is the largest importer of cocoa beans from the main cocoa producing countries, Ivory Coast and Ghana. The Dutch Government has signed a treaty agreeing that only sustainable cocoa will be available for consumption on the Dutch market by 2025. Worldwide 59% of the child labourers work in agriculture – a massive total of 98 million children. In Ivory Coast, children are involved in the worst forms of child labour in the cocoa industry, where they are exposed to chemicals, long working hours and the denial of education. KidsRights would like to share with you one of the latest KidsRights report ‘Not So Sweet: Hazardous Child Labour, with a focus on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast’.
The KidsRights Foundation promotes the wellbeing of very vulnerable children across the world and advocates the realisation of their rights. KidsRights sees children as changemakers in this process. On the initiative of KidsRights, the International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who has shown special dedication to children’s rights.
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