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ILO Unveils Project Targeting Child labor in Kenya’s Tea and Coffee Sectors

By Shadrack Nyakoe

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has announced the launch of the ACCEL Africa Project in Kenya.

This initiative, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Government, aims to combat child labor in Africa’s cocoa, gold, cotton, tea, and coffee supply chains. The project enters its second phase, focusing on Kenya’s tea and coffee sectors.

This effort is vital due to the alarming rise in child labor, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florence Bore, Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, stressed the government’s commitment to safeguarding children’s futures.

Ambassador Maarten Brouwer emphasized the economic and social importance of ending child labor, noting the Netherlands’ support for the initiative.

Ms. Jacqueline Mugo highlighted the need for public awareness campaigns, while Benson Okwaro underscored the importance of a holistic strategy.

Ms. Caroline Mugalla outlined the strategic approach of the project, targeting root causes in specific counties and supply chains.

The ILO has been at the forefront of global efforts to eradicate child labor, in line with the 2022 Durban Call to Action, advocating for integrated approaches.

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