ILRF: Poverty, Child Labor Persist On Cocoa Farms


Despite substantial efforts by their governments, child labor and poverty persist in the cocoa farms of Ghana and the Ivory Coast, says the International Labor Rights Forum in a 64-page paper released yesterday. Over the course of two years of research, ILRF says it found many farm families living “on real incomes of about 40 cents per dependent per day.” They borrow money to “purchase inputs for their crop or to pre-sell their cocoa in order to finance the harvest and transport their cocoa, thus forcing many into cyclical patterns of indebtedness,” says IRLF. Between 500,000 to 1.5 million children are still engaged in labor, the group estimates. Read the full report here: