CHILD LABOUR IN AGRICULTURE

In the year 2007 FPI, working in partnership with its sister NGO New Hope Foundation conducted a 28 days Global March against Child Labour Zimbabwe 2007, which covered  541 kilometres from Harare to Plumtree Border post with Botswana.

In many countries, child labour is mainly an agricultural issue. Worldwide, 60 percent of all child labourers in the age group 5-17 years work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This amounts to over 98 million girls and boys. The majority (67.5%) of child labourers are unpaid family members. In agriculture, this percentage is higher and is combined with very early entry into work, sometimes between 5 and 7 years of age. Agriculture is one of the three most dangerous sectors in terms of work-related fatalities, non-fatal accidents and occupational diseases. About 59 percent of all children in hazardous work aged 5–17 are in agriculture.

Remember, 2021 was the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour!

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