ICI Documents 1 July 2020

Hazardous child labour in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa communities during COVID-19

To assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child labour, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) analysed data from 263 communities in Côte d’Ivoire. In these communities, 1,443 cocoa-growing households were visited under ICI’s Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System between 17 March and 15 May 2020 to identify cases of child labour. ICI’s findings show that the percentage of children identified in child labour increased from 16% to 19.4%, compared to the same months in previous years in the same communities. This corresponds to a 21.5% increase in child labour identification.

While it is unclear how much of this increase can be directly attributed to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, since other factors may be also involved, the increase in child labour is concerning. This rapid analysis presents details of the methodology used, the results of the analysis, and their implications for stakeholders within the cocoa sector.

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