Cooperation to Address the Worst Forms of Child Labor in Agriculture: Support to the International Agricultural Partnership

Project Duration
September 2009
June 2013
Funding and Year

The project will provide a conceptual and structural framework for a global effort, facilitated by ILO-IPEC and implemented through the IAP, to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in agriculture.

The Problem

Agriculture employs 70 percent of all working children, and is recognized as one of the most dangerous sectors for children to work. Further, there are significant challenges to reducing child labor in this sector. The knowledge base is lacking to design effective policies in response. As recognized by the International Agricultural Partnership (IAP) that emerged from World Day Against Child Labor 2007, collaboration and information-sharing among relevant international agencies is critical to address these problems. Members of the Partnership include: International Labor Organization (ILO); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP); International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI), representing the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); and International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF).

Our Strategy

Summary of Objectives:

  1. Expand the knowledge base on child labor in agriculture to support policy interventions and advocacy
  2. Mainstream child labor reduction into key policies of the Partnership organizations
  3. Develop local structures and models, and build capacity for addressing the worst forms of child labor in agriculture 

Summary of Activities: 

  • Assess existing global and national data sets in regard to available data on relevant aspects of children at work in agriculture
  • Conduct agriculture sector survey(s)
  • Produce analytical reports from survey(s) on specific dimensions of children’s work
  • Develop IAP work plan, including annual meetings and procedures for publication of Partnership reports
  • Publish and disseminate handbook for mainstreaming child labor in IAP members’ policies, plans, and activities
  • Develop training package on occupational risks to youth in specific agricultural sectors
  • National Partnership Agreements with countries targeted by IAP for intensive work at local level
  • Demonstration projects to remove children from hazardous work in three IAP target countries
  • Demonstration projects to remove children from hazardous work in agriculture in connection with existing IPEC projects
  • Publication on practical experience in reducing child labor in agriculture 
International Labor Organization (ILO)
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4843 / Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)
Child Labor
Data Collection