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How can agricultural policies and strategies help to end child labour in agriculture?

FAO will launch an open online consultation in order to explore and document how agriculture policies and strategies can address child labour in agriculture, including the role of agricultural stakeholders.

In July 2019, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2021 the ‘International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour’. Today, 71 per cent of child labour worldwide are found in the agriculture sector. If child labour in agriculture is left unaddressed, it tends to perpetuate a cycle of poverty for the children involved, their families and communities. These children are likely to be the rural poor of tomorrow. For this reason, agriculture stakeholders have an essential and unique role to play. While critical solutions to end child labour lie in the agriculture sector, to date, they have been largely undocumented or overlooked.

In observance of the International Year in 2021, and in order to contribute to the progress in achieving target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the online consultation aims to collect experience and case studies from a wide range of different participants worldwide. We invite you to share your experiences on the effectiveness of policies and strategies related to eliminating child labour in rural areas. Your comments and inputs will be instrumental to identify and document good and promising practices for which evidence-based research and replication could be explored.

The results of the consultation will be widely promoted throughout the International Year and feed into the work of the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (IPCCLA) and the Alliance 8.7.

The discussion will be open from 27 April to 18 May 2020 and will be available on FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition.

We warmly invite to you register in advance here. On the day of the launch, you will receive an email invitation with further information and instructions on how to take part.

In the meantime, feel free to contact fsn-moderator@fao.org for any additional information you may require and please do not hesitate to share this information with your professional networks.

Find below the links to the 6 language versions of the discussion page:

Arabic: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/ar/activities/discussions/addressing-child-l...

Chinese: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/zh/activities/discussions/addressing-child-l...

English: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/activities/discussions/addressing-child-labo...

French: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/fr/activities/discussions/addressing-child-l...

Spanish: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/es/activities/discussions/addressing-child-l...

Russian: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/ru/activities/discussions/addressing-child-l...