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A guidance note on the elimination of child labour in agriculture through social protection

Fafo has been asked by FAO to make a literature review on social protection and its potentials in addressing child labour in agriculture and to produce a guidance note to eliminate child labour in agriculture through social protection.

Agriculture is the main employer of children with 108 million boys and girls performing hazardous tasks, working too long hours instead of learning. Even though household poverty and economic vulnerability are key determinants of child labour, social protection systems and programmes are seldom designed or implemented with the specific aim of reducing child labour in agriculture; nevertheless, by addressing poverty, hunger and vulnerability, they have the potential to reduce children’s work and incentivize schooling.


Project period

  • Start:
    December 2020
  • End:
    October 2021

Commissioned by

  • FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations