NEPAD/FAO Technical Webinar: Ending Child Labour in Agriculture

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and FAO (Capacity Development unit, in the Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division (DPS) and Decent Rural Employment team, in the Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division (ESP)) are extremely pleased to announce a series of jointly organized Technical Webinars on Decent Rural Employment and Child Labor in Agriculture.

Please join us in the first Technical Webinar entitled:

Ending Child Labour in Agriculture:

Capacitating stakeholders to reduce and prevent child labour in agriculture

Thursday, 23 November 2017 – 15:00-16:30 (UTC+2)

This webinar’s objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness and sensitize on the consequences and various implications of child labour in agriculture;
  • Present the existing tools to capacitate various stakeholders to join forces and more effectively fight child labour in agriculture, with a particular focus on the ILO-FAO e-learning course End child labour in agriculture;
  • Present experiences and good practices in reducing and preventing child labour in agriculture.


How to attend the webinar

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Ariane Genthon, Child labour expert, FAO

Zofia Mroczek, Decent rural employment and child labour consultant, FAO


Zofia Mroczek, Decent rural employment and child labour consultant, FAO


If you wish to know more:

Before the Technical Webinar and in order to familiarize with the concepts, consequences and various implications of Child Labour, we would strongly recommend participants to go through the unit 1 of the e-learning course“Ending child labour in agriculture” available free of charge, as a global public good, through the

FAO e-learning,


Key words / Areas of interest

Child labour, child labour in agriculture, hazardous work, worst forms of child labour, decent work, decent rural employment, SDG8, SDG8.7, capacity development.



Child labour is defined as work that is inappropriate for a child’s age, affects children’s education, or is likely to harm their health, safety or morals. It should be emphasized that not all work carried out by children is considered child labour. Some activities may help children acquire important livelihood skills and contribute to their survival and food security. However, much of the work children do in agriculture is not age-appropriate, is likely to be hazardous or interferes with children’s education and healthy growth.

The majority of child labourers work in agriculture: the latest ILO global estimates on child labour for the period 2012-2016 (released on 19 September 2017) show that 71% of child labourers globally work in agriculture. While often less visible, children work on farms, on fishing boats, in plantations, in mountain areas, herding livestock or toiling as domestic servants. These children face many health and safety hazards and are often unable to attend school.

The high prevalence of child labour in rural areas contributes to low levels of education and poor health of the rural population. This has a negative impact on communities. It limits available capacities to develop agribusiness, to innovate and respond to shocks, thus perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty, food insecurity and child labour.