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Child labour in agriculture on the rise, driven by conflict and disasters
©FAO/J. Thompson
12 June 2018, Rome--- After years of steady decline, child labour in agriculture has started to rise again in recent years driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters. This worrisome trend, not only threatens the wellbeing of millions of children, but also undermines efforts to end global hunger and poverty.

The number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates. Prolonged conflicts and climate-related natural disasters followed by forced migration have pushed hundreds of thousands of children into child labour.

Opening statement by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
4min. 10sec.

Jacqueline Demeranville, Programme Officer with FAO's Decent Rural Employment Team, elaborates more on hazardous child labour and the best way to protect children. Interview conducted by Murielle Sarr
4min. 11sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Emergencies/Crises, Food production & stocks, Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Interview, Rural or agricultural development, SDGs, Zero Hunger
Produced by: Muriel Sarr, FAO
 
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