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Technical Cooperation Project Summary

Project Title

Prevention, Withdrawal and Rehabilitation of Children Engaged in Hazardous Work in the Commercial Agriculture Sector in Africa


AFRICA/Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, United Republic of

Tanzania, Zambia

Project Duration

November 1, 2000 – May 30, 2005

Fiscal Year & Funding Level

FY 2000: USD 4,743,658

Problem to be Addressed

Children are known to work in commercial agriculture throughout Africa, often under hazardous conditions and at the risk of losing access to school.


The project withdrew 11,173 children and prevented another 12,647 children from work in coffee and horticulture in Kenya; tobacco in Malawi; tobacco and tea in Tanzania; tobacco, tea, rice and coffee in Uganda; and cotton in Zambia.

Project Objectives

To contribute to the elimination of the worst forms of child labor.

Intermediate objectives included:

  • Strengthen the capacity of governmental, non-governmental, community, employers and workers organizations to identify and eliminate hazardous child labor in plantations;
  • Withdraw and rehabilitate 7,500 children working under hazardous conditions in selected plantations in five countries, and provide selected families with viable alternatives to child labor; and
  • Prevent a further 15,000 at-risk children from prematurely entering the labor market.

Summary of Activities

  • Promoted the establishment of effective legislation to prevent hazardous child labor on plantations;
  • Sensitized employers, workers and community organizations through awareness-raising campaigns;
  • Provided services and alternatives to working children and children at risk of working, and their families; and
  • Provided health care, formal and non-formal education, and vocational training, to former child laborers.


International Labor Organization’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC)

Implementing partners

Kenya: African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect; CWSK; EASJ; Federation of Kenya Employers; KEC-CS; KPAWU; KUSPW; MOL & HRD.

Malawi: Churches Action in Relief and Development; Department of Information; Department of Social Welfare; Eye of the Child; FM 101 Radio Station; Malawi Congress of Trade Unions; Malawian Entrepreneurs Development Institute; Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training; National Statistical Office.

Tanzania: Association of Tanzania Employers; Federation of Uganda Employers; IRDI; MOGL & SD; Ministry of Labour; Ministry of Labour Child Labour Unit; NUPAWU; Platform for Labour Action; RUDECT, SWAAT; Tanzania Plantations and Agricultural Workers; USEP.

Zambia: Family Health Trust, Children in Distress, Katete & Kalomo; Hodi; M-Films; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Peoples Action Forum; Zambia Congress of Trade Unions; Zambia Federation of Employers.

Contact Information

Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT)

(202) 693-4843