Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector of West Africa
The primary strategic objectives of this study vis-à-vis child labor were to document the number of children working in the cocoa sector; their status with respect to origin, mode of recruitment (if hired labor), position in farm household, and school attendance; the conditions in which these children work; and the reasons for child labor in the cocoa sector.
This study was funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Labor (DOL), and the global chocolate industry. It was conducted by African national research institutes in partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The ILO also provided technical support in conducting the study.