Child Labour in Agriculture in Protracted Crises, Fragile and Humanitarian Contexts

by Alyson Eynon, Ariane Genthon, Jacqueline Demeranville et al.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2017

34 pp. 2.7 MB

This guide is aimed at development professionals, policy makers and civil society groups working on agriculture, food security and nutrition programming. Conflict and disaster can push children into work that is unsuitable for their age, is likely to harm their physical and mental development and deprives them of the opportunity to learn. Child labour during a crisis perpetuates the intergenerational cycle of poverty and hinders recovery. Children who leave school or do not return to school after a crisis are more likely to remain poor. Striving to address child labour through programmes that improve agriculture, food security and nutrition is key. The agricultural sector holds great potential to increase poor rural households’ food security and livelihoods, and helps rural communities recover faster from a shock and avoid negative coping strategies such as pulling children out of school to work.

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