Cote D Ivoire Case Study

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The implications of stopping the use of child labour in the cocoa industry in Cote d'Ivoire spread far and wide, affecting the government, cocoa farmers, chocolate companies and children themselves. The UN's Food & Agriculture Organisation states that more than a third of the world’s cocoa is supplied by Cote d'Ivoire. Cocoa is the country's largest export, earning around 2.5 billion dollars in 2010. According to a report by Tulane University that investigated the 2013, 2014 harvest season, there were around 1,203,473 child laborers aged 5 to 17 in the cocoa industry, of which 95.9% were engaged in hazardous work. Stopping child labour in Côte d'Ivoire will improve children's education & health levels. A 2005 by USDOL (2006) survey found that 92% of children carried heavy loads, among them some as young as five years of age. Children are exposed to many hazards while farming cocoa. O'Keefe (2016) stated that a Tulane survey found that 37% of kids farming cocoa had suffered “cuts.” In addition, there were only 63.5% of children attending school. A recent study of children ages nine to eighteen in Ghana found that labor not only keeps children from attending school, but also hinders their learning ability. The survey indicated that child labour directly impacts math and reading achievement, likely…show more content…
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