Nutrition Tag

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Commemorated on 12th June each year, the World Day against Child Labour is recognised by governments, the International Labour Organization and civil society to bring attention to the global issue of child labour, and the urgent action required to eliminate it.

Every child has a fundamental human right to education, nutritious food and health. All these rights are violated when a child is forced to work. The situation is further exacerbated when the tasks that he or she is entrusted with affect his or her health. This is the case for instance when children carry excessive weights or work in confined spaces, smoky conditions or with chemicals without any protective material.

Despite decades of governmental and corporate commitments, child labour remains widespread. This is due to the fact that child labour is a symptom: it cannot be eradicated without a systemic tackling of the root causes like, for example, poverty.

Kouamé has been a cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire for over ten years.

More recently, he has become much more than a cocoa farmer. To diversify his income, he started a pig and poultry farm at his home near Soubré in rural Cote d’Ivoire. Rather than depending solely on the seasonal income accruing from cocoa, the creation of a poultry and pig farm would enable him to earn a higher net year-round income for his household, as well as provide nutritional benefits to the local communities.

Almost all States in the world ratified the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in which they recognize the basic human right of every child “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health” which includes a.o. the commitment to take appropriate measures such as combating “disease and malnutrition, […] through the provision of adequate nutritious foods and clean drinking-water” (article 24).

In our last visit near Agboville (CI), we noticed that many children are prevented from accessing diversified and balanced food when attending school. The main reason is the excessive walking distance to go home during the lunch break. Innovative solutions need to be found for the design of school canteens.