The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has trained about 80 agents drawn from seven cocoa growing districts, for child labour monitoring and remediation systems (CLMRS) as part of the cocoa supply chain structure.
The CLMRS is a framework to promote holistic child protection in the cocoa industry and the training is to deepen the knowledge of the field officers/agents in the CLRMS on the child protection concepts, child work, what constitutes child labour, worst forms of child labour, hazardous work, forced labour and trafficking in the cocoa supply chain.
ICI in collaboration with Nestle-ECOMs engagement along the cocoa supply chain has set up the CLMRS as a structure, in the supply chain of chocolate and cocoa companies to identify and remediate cases of child labour.
The system is based on the presence of operational agents within cocoa-growing communities who would raise awareness on the issue of child labour, identify cases and request mediation actions that are implemented by ICI together with the partners and the cocoa purchasing companies.
In an opening remarks of the five-day training, the country Director of ICI, Mr Mike Arthur, said in line with the ICIs goal of improving the lives of children and reducing child labour in cocoa growing communities, the training of the agents was to ensure a holistic approach in the structure.
He said as part of the partnership with Nestle, the CLMRS project involved about 11,019 cocoa farmers belonging to the ECOMS societies in the seven districts, while over 450 households in 62 cocoa growing communities had been impacted with children’s education and skills training as well as alternative livelihood support.
Mr Arthur urged the agents monitor well as monitoring and the remediation system, could curb child labour in the cocoa industry.