These children have become a part of the labour force that produces the cocoa for your hot chocolate

Cocoa Value Chain Analyst, Eliseus Opoku-Boamah says Ghana needs a supportive attitude rather than a punitive approach to eliminate child labour on cocoa farms.

He mentioned that child laMulti – a stakeholder corporation required to eliminate child labour and hazardous work within the Ghanaian cocoa value chain remain a challenge. 

“Players in the sector are aiming at ensuring responsible cocoa sourcing and seeking to set up an effective Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS) which is supportive approach, and that’s one of the best strategies to tackle child labour in our cocoa-growing regions,” he said.

The cocoa expert made these observations in an interview with this reporter on Ghana’s cocoa sector and how we can root out child labour on cocoa farms across the country. 

Mr Opoku-Boamah recommended that resources be directed towards building capacity and setting up the necessary robust Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems to identify, prevent, and monitor child labour in the cocoa supply chain.

“There is the need to coordinate the various existing sustainability initiatives that seek to address the issues and challenges of Child Labour within the cocoa supply chain and draw meaningful and practical lessons and experiences for implementation,” he mentioned.

He suggested that stakeholders conduct risk assessment research to assess the level of risk in cocoa farming households and prioritise communities where the risk is high.

“The need to support community-based investments and development programs to address the root causes of human rights issues in areas of women empowerment, education and income.

“The need for training and awareness creation to increase the knowledge on the concept of CLMRS and regular household and community follow up visits is vital. I know that some NGO’s and organizations have done and are still doing some work on Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems.”

He indicated that governments have shown some commitment to the fight against child labour in the cocoa value chain, but it’s not enough. 

“It requires a multi-stakeholder partnership approach; where government and its relevant ministries and agencies including law enforcement agencies partner with players in the cocoa sector and chocolate industry at both local and international level to help in this fight against child labour and hazardous work within the Ghanaian cocoa value chain,” he said. 

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