More than one million children are estimated to work in Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry

Building schools and educating children is the best way to stamp out child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms, a charity working in the world’s largest cocoa producer said on Thursday.

Source: Boost education to cut child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms: charity

Third-party-certification-only-way-to-combat-cocoa-child-labor-says-campaign-group_medium_vgaMore than one million children – some as young as five – are estimated to work in Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry, where they carry heavy loads, spray pesticides and fell trees using sharp tools, a report from Tulane University, New Orleans, said.  The cocoa industry accounts for 15 percent of the West African nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), half its exports and two-thirds of its jobs, according to the World Bank.

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