Improving the Capacity of Labor and Agriculture Stakeholders to Address Child Labor in Agricultural Areas of Argentina Project

Project Duration:
January 2019
August 2022
Funding and Year:

This project works to build the capacity of labor and agriculture stakeholders to more effectively implement the National Action Plan on Child Labor and coordinate efforts to combat child labor. It utilizes existing structures at the national, provincial, and municipal levels to expand coordination to reduce the risk that children will be harmed by performing hazardous work in agriculture.

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The Problem

Hazardous child labor in Argentina is common in agriculture, particularly in rural areas. Child labor affects 9.4% of all children aged 5 to 15, and 21.9% of all adolescents aged 16-17. Agricultural work often involves long periods of stooping, repetitive movements, carrying heavy loads, and/or exposure to toxic chemicals, which can negatively affect children’s development.

National and provincial-level commissions for the prevention and eradication of child labor coordinate efforts to monitor and combat child labor, and the Secretariat of Labor and Employment (STE) is the lead agency, with collaboration from other government agencies and representatives from international organizations, industry associations, and labor unions. Despite coordination efforts, the reach of labor law enforcement by the STE in agricultural areas remains limited, reducing protections for children engaged in hazardous agricultural labor.
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Our Strategy

The project seeks to engage key actors with labor and agriculture mandates, working closely with the STE and Ministry of Agro-Industry, to increase their capacity to coordinate efforts to address child labor and implement Argentina’s National Action Plan for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor (2018-2022). The project does this by:

  • generating knowledge and information on child labor and adolescent work in agriculture;
  • raising awareness of and advocating for a solution to the problem; and
  • helping labor and agriculture stakeholders build their capacity to address child labor, and, designing local-level models, methodologies, tools, good practices, and lessons learned.

Work on achieving these outcomes at the local levels focuses on the provinces of Mendoza, Santa Fe, and Buenos Aires, with a sectoral focus on tomatoes, garlic, and cotton. Project activities in these areas serve as models to inform work on the national level and for broader dissemination.

Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners: Fundación SES
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4843
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)