Farming is one of Ghana's most important economic activities, but farming families face persistent poverty, with the average farmer's income equaling approximately less than $1 a day. Poverty is one of the factors contributing to child labor on farms. In 2014, some 246,000 youth ages 15-17 worked in cocoa production in Ghana. These youth face hazardous working conditions, including through the use of agrochemicals, and lack awareness about, and training in, safe, productive farming practices.
The Project will empower 20 farming communities in the Upper East and Northern Regions to design and implement Community Action Plans to address child labor at the community level. In these communities, the project will use an integrated area-based approach to target 2,000 youth ages 16-18, who are engaged in or at risk child labor in Ghana, with a focus on child labor in the farming sector. In addition, the project will provide livelihood services to approximately 1,000 adult females.
1: Farming communities design and implement Community Action Plans to address child labor at community level. 2: At-risk youth possess skills and education directly related to labor market needs. 3: Youth of legal working age transition to acceptable work. 4: Households provided with livelihood services and occupational safety and health (OSH) training.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).