The main focus of our work is child-centred community development. We currently work in 75 communities and 149 farmers’ groups in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
ICI’s 2015-2020 strategy seeks to directly impact 375,000 children. By the end of 2019, we had impacted over 381,000 children in cocoa-growing communities. Below we share some of the results from our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System and Community Development work that has helped us reach this target. Visit our 2019 annual report for more details.
Responsible supply chain management across farming cooperatives in West Africa
ICI supports its partners implement Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems in cocoa supply chains in West Africa. Since 2015, the CLMRS has positively impacted over 215,000 children. See below for the key results in 2019.
Community development is an integral part of ICI’s 2015-2020 strategy. Two projects, ICI’s core-funded Community Development Programme and the Eliminating Child Labor in Cocoa project, funded by the United States Department of Labor, contributed to significant reductions of child labour in a total of 125 cocoa-growing communities across Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
Community Development Programme
Between 2015 and 2018, ICI’s Community Development Programme supported 75 cocoa-growing communities (46 in Cote d’Ivoire and 29 in Ghana) to tackle child labour. Through a combination of educational support for children and adults, community empowerment, and other activities targeted at improving farming families’ livelihoods, this project resulted in significant reductions in child labour. A preliminary analysis by ICI shows that hazardous child labour fell by 30% in Ghanaian communities and 20% in Ivorian communities.
Eliminating Child Labor in Cocoa
With the support of the United States Department of Labor, ICI expanded its community development work into 50 additional cocoa-growing communities in Cote d’Ivoire. The project resulted in a 37% reduction in hazardous child labour in supported households.
Knowledge, learning and innovation
Assessing current child labour reduction practices, and also putting new methods to the test, is an important part of our work at ICI. Through our innovation projects, we are working to create tools and provide knowledge to the cocoa sector that can lead to greater impact. Below are some of the research and tools developed over the last year.
- Researching the link between Quality Education and Child Labour (pdf)
- Expanding knowledge on the impact of farmer income on child labour (pdf)
- Assessing the effect of cash transfers on child labour (pdf)
- Enabling quicker estimations of communities’ child labour risk – the Child Labour Risk Calculator