During the 2018/9 cocoa-growing season, researchers from the National Opinion Research Centre (NORC) at the University of Chicago conducted a survey of child labour among agricultural households in cocoa-growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Commissioned by the US Department of Labour, the survey sought to measure changes in the prevalence of child labour and hazardous child labour in both countries, as well as to assess the effect of interventions conducted to prevent and address child labour in cocoa communities. It was carried out to monitor progress on the 2010 Framework of Action to Support Implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, and follows two previous surveys, conducted by Tulane University in 2008/9 and 2013/4. The 2010 Framework had the following objective:
“By 2020, the worst forms of child labor as defined by ILO Convention 182 in the cocoa sectors of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana will be reduced by 70 percent in aggregate through joint efforts by key stakeholders”
This technical summary is intended for stakeholders with an interest in the child labour situation in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. It provides a short summary of key findings from the NORC 2018/9 Report, and where possible, places them in context alongside the results of the two previous surveys from 2008/9 and 2013/4, conducted by Tulane University.