Monday, 25 January 2021 11:55

Pledge to end child labour in agriculture

Written by  Staff Reporters
The director-general of FAO has pledged to end child labour in agriculture. The director-general of FAO has pledged to end child labour in agriculture.

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Qu Dongyu, has pledged to intensify efforts toward addressing child labour in agriculture through a dedicated work programme.

“This year, we will step up our efforts to strengthen the capacities of a wide range of agricultural actors to include child labour prevention and youth employment in their work,” he said during the virtual event launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021.

“Policies, programmes, and investments related to agri-food systems need to address the root causes of child labour, including household poverty,” he added.

In 2021, FAO will organise a series of regional consultations and a global event on child labour in agriculture will be held in November to increase awareness and promote good practices, he said.

Qu also emphasised that FAO would continue to play a role in the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture, established in 2007 by FAO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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