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Winrock International awarded $4.5M to reduce
child labor in cocoa-growing communities in Ghana

Funding Recipient: Winrock International

Total Funding: $4.5 million

Purpose: Implement a project to empower cocoa-growing communities and help youth further their education or develop marketable skills.

Location: Ghana

Scope: The four-year project, "Mobilizing Community Action and Promoting Opportunities for Youth in Ghana's Cocoa-Growing Communities," will empower 40 cocoa-growing communities to design and implement Community Action Plans to address child labor at the community level. The project will also address child labor by helping approximately 3,200 vulnerable youth, ages 15-17, in cocoa-growing areas of Ghana to further their education or develop marketable skills to secure work that is appropriate for their ages. In addition, it will provide livelihood services to approximately 1,600 adult female household members.

ILAB leads the U.S. government's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. To these ends, ILAB has provided funding for more than 290 projects in more than 90 countries to combat the worst forms of child labor by assisting vulnerable children and their families. More information is available at

ILAB News Brief: [11/10/2015]
Contact Name: Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-4960
Release Number: 15-2194-NAT