Child protection must be at the heart of cocoa sustainability efforts, according to ICI. Cocoa-growing communities need to have in place effective local child protection capacities, including schools, health centers and social services.
For a lasting change to happen, women in cocoa communities should have a stronger voice, a decision-making role in the community and the potential to earn an additional income.
ICI provides training on child protection for the chocolate companies, cocoa traders and processors, cocoa suppliers, farming cooperatives, national authorities, extention services, and local NGOs in order to help them take appropriate actions to tackle child labour in cocoa farming.
We help cocoa-farming communities develop and implement their own Community Action Plans, which help them to identify and support a range of activities to protect children and tackle child labour more effectively.