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New UN guidebook seeks to prevent child labour practices in agriculture

16 June 2015
New UN guidebook seeks to prevent child labour practices in agriculture

A new Handbook for Monitoring and Evaluation of Child Labour in Agriculture issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will seek to establish guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world’s agricultural communities in an effort to tackle a problem that affects some one hundred million children globally, the United Nations agency announced today.

"In recent years, we have seen an increase in awareness of child labour and its role in producing export crops such as cocoa, coffee and cotton," said Rob Vos, Director of FAO’s Social Protection Division.

"However, child labour on family farms not connected to international commodity markets has remained largely untouched. The new guide tries to fill this void."

Adapted from UN News Centre

Photo: FAO

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