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New partnership to tackle old challenge – eliminating child labour in agriculture

On June 12 2007, the IUF signed a Declaration of Intent to work together with 5 other international organizations on child labour in agriculture. The partnership, which is for at least the next five year, commits partner organisations to work together on promotion of the objectives and principles in the key ILO Conventions on child labour, as they relate to agriculture.

The Declaration stipulates the underlying principles and the aims of the co-operation and the modalities for working together. Key commitments for IUF are:

  • Promotion of action for the elimination of child labour in agriculture, giving priority to children carrying out hazardous activities, with special attention to girls, children in hidden work situations, children migrating to work or migrating with their parents, and other groups of children with special vulnerabilities or needs;
  • Promotion of rural strategies and programmes aimed at improving rural livelihoods, and mainstreaming child labour concerns into agricultural policy making;
  • Promotion of actions to overcome the urban/rural and gender gap in education;
  • Improvement of occupational safety and health in agriculture as one of the ways of eliminating hazardous child labour;
  • Promotion of youth employment opportunities in agriculture and rural areas, including agricultural skills training;
  • Organization and/or participation in awareness raising campaigns against child labour in agriculture;
  • Support of national, regional and international meetings, seminars and fora and other activities to exchange information between participating agencies and their constituencies, institutions and countries.

The other organisations in the parnership are:

  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), representing the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR);

Download the full text of Declaration of Intent on Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture.

Download the speech of IUF president Hans-Olof Nillson