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Worldwide, large numbers of children are involved in agricultural work. This is normal on family farms and - provided it stays within acceptable boundaries -- is not only beneficial for the farm but also allows children to acquire valuable knowledge and skills. For about 100 million children, however, such work goes beyond what is acceptable - interfering with schooling or involving them in work that is hazardous and damaging to their health. Programs intended to boost local food production and support family farmers often do include components to address the issue of child labour in agriculture. But sometimes they do not, and can even contribute to the problem when improvements in productive capacity lead to increased labour demands that are met through child workers. And many agricultural development programmes do not monitor or evaluate the impact they have or may have on child labour. A new guide by FAO aims to fill these gaps and helps to ensure anti-child labour measures are included in agricultural and rural development programmes, in particular those targeting family farmers.
Handbook for monitoring
The Handbook for Monitoring and Evaluation of Child Labour in Agriculture provides an easy-to-use toolkit of research and data collection methods for assessing child labour in agriculture and the impacts that various types of development programmes can have. Additionally, it encourages the identification and use of good practices to prevent child labour.

The FAO developed the new guide in partnership with the Centre for Rural Development oft he Humboldt University of Berlin. The handbook has been prepared by Elen Ambros; Lena Bullerdieck, Robin Cordes; Leonie Craes and Heidi Feldt (Team leader)

 

 

 

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