A new manual published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will seek to establish guidelines to prevent the use of child labor in farming communities around the world in order to tackle a problem that affects some one hundred million children worldwide, according to the United Nations agency announced today.
The FAO Manual for Monitoring and Evaluating Child Labor in Agriculture will seek to fill the gaps in many agricultural development programs that fail to monitor or assess the impact they have on the environment. child labor, especially in communities where increased demands for labor are met by child laborers. .
“In recent years, we have witnessed an increased awareness of child labor and its role in the production of export crops such as cocoa, coffee and cotton,” said Rob Vos, director of the FAO Social Protection Division, in a press release.
âAs a result, we see much more effective actions to prevent child labor in these value chains. However, child labor on family farms not connected to international commodity markets has remained largely intact. The new guide tries to fill this void.
The 100-page manual – developed in partnership with Humboldt University Berlin – provides an easily accessible toolkit of research and data collection methods to assess child labor in agriculture and the impacts that various types of development programs can have.
In addition, it encourages the identification and use of good practices to prevent child labor, such as the promotion of labor-saving technologies, while offering practical advice on how to collect information for monitor the impact of child labor on school performance and health.
The publication of the guide by FAO comes just days after the celebration of the annual World Day Against Child Labor, which saw the United Nations family call on the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child labor.