Labour Market Research Study: Policy Brief
In light of current initiatives to boost yields and cocoa supply, there have been concerns that the higher pressure to enhance yields may push smallholders to use more family labour, and possibly more child labour (CL), or involve a greater proportion of children in hazardous child labour (HL).
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) commissioned a research study to examine the impact of public and private investments in raising cocoa farmers’ productivity on the risk of child labour and on the labour market in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
This study attempts to fill in this knowledge gap by using a mixed-methods analytical framework applied to data purposely collected. The research focuses on examining the relationships between yields, land size, labour use, labour demand and children’s working categories in this regard.