Child Labour in Agriculture


"To avoid unintended negative consequences and promote a positive impact for smallholder farmers, the law enforcement component of sustainable corporate governance should be complemented by addressing the root causes of child labour in agriculture," said Adama Yaya Diarra, FAO Coordinator of the CLEAR Cotton project in Mali, intervening during the public hearing convened by the European Parliament's Committee on Development and the Committee on International Trade on 30 November 2021, to discuss the ways to tackle child labour in developing countries.

 21 January 2021, Rome/Geneva - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today pledged to intensify efforts towards addressing child labour in agriculture through a dedicated work programme within FAO's Strategic Framework.

‘'This year, we will step-up our efforts to strengthen the capacities of a wide range of agricultural actors to include child labour prevention and youth employment in their work,'' the Director-General stressed during the virtual event launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021 organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Rome - Ending the scourge of child labour by 2025 will require effective action and strong leadership, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today at the launch of the two-day high-level Global Solutions Forum: Ending Child Labour in Agriculture.

A total of 160 million children worldwide – almost 1 in 10 - are engaged in child labour. About 70 percent of these children (112 million) work in crop production, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture.

The year 2021 has been declared the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour by the United Nations General Assembly, in light of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 aiming at ending child labour in all its forms by 2025. 

Ahead of World Day Against Child Labour, FAO calls for this scourge to be tackled through the transformation of agri-food systems


This year, the World Day Against Child Labour was marked by a high-level online event organized ...