Countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria
To tackle child labour in the cocoa sector, we have developed a supply chain-based Child Labour Monitoring Tool (CLMT) that combines monitoring of households by farmer group staff with community sensitizations by dedicated trainers.
The full system of CLMT creates profiles of communities, households, farmers, their children and local schools, all of which is integrated into our data-collection platform, Mergdata (by Famerline). The data provides insight into the occurrence of child labour per community and helps to identify what support is needed to remediate unique child labour cases and where we need to focus our efforts in the long-term.
The tool also combines two different types of sensitization sessions: one for communities and one for households where child labour cases are found. These sensitizations raise awareness on dangerous practices for children and foster discussion on how families can protect their children and support them in going to school.
Besides awareness raising sessions, remediation interventions are tailored to each community and individual case. Children who were found to be in child labour are also surveyed on a regular basis to track whether their case is (and stays) resolved.
We are already using this tool to cover 7,500 households in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria, with further roll-out to 30,000 households scheduled in the next two years.