The European Union (EU) has announced a donation of 168 million rupees to eradicate child labor in the agricultural sector.

Delegates to the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor say that ending child labor will require strengthening social protection and control over supply chains through a multi-stakeholder approach.

International Labor Organization (ILO) research shows that child labor has increased by 16.6 million in sub-Saharan Africa over the past four years.

According to the declaration of the 4th World Conference on Child Labor, held in 2017, 71 percent of child labor is performed in the agricultural sector.

Stat’s SA says child labor is less than 5% in South Africa:

European Union Commissioner for International Partnership Utah Urpilainen has announced the latest EU support for the elimination of child labor in the sector.

Urpilainen says: “And we are responsible as politicians, companies and consumers. So now we are working in parallel to improve food security, production in partner countries, and we need to pay special attention to child labor. That is why I can announce today that the European Union is investing 168 million rupees in a new campaign aimed at child labor in agricultural value chains. “

Recent developments at the World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor:

Social protection of children

Kailash Satyarthi, a global activist against child labor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, says rich countries need to develop compassion and immediate support for children in poor countries.

Satyarthi says, “The cost or investment of 40% of children is less than two percent, and that is unacceptable. So a fair share for children, that is one, and that also includes social protection, but social protection needs to be demystified, people should not get into this big phrase, very simple, education for children, health for children, food for children, it requires $ 53 billion. ”

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says the fight against child labor will require political will at the global, national and local levels.

Ryder says, “President [Cyril] Ramaphosa most clearly laid out how this country, like post-apartheid South Africa, made children’s rights a central part of its constitution and made the promotion of children’s rights a very conscious and central goal of public policy. I have the impression that over the last 20 years we have become complacent. “

The fifth world conference on the elimination of child labor will start on Tuesday, the third day.

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