2014 Celebration of the World Day Against Child Labour Extend social protection: combat child labour!

The 12th of June is the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL). This day is used to raise awareness about the 98 million children worldwide working in situations of child labour in agriculture, as well as the importance of addressing this human rights violation for achieving food security and reducing poverty.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva reminds FAO staff of children’s right to be protected from child labour and the importance of action to reduce child labour in agriculture for a future free from poverty and hunger.

“Today is the World Day Against Child Labour. It should remind us that 60 percent of all child labour is found in agriculture. In rural contexts, it is normal to see children help out on and around the farm. A lot of this activity is good for their development. We talk about child labour, however, when children are exposed to long work hours, heavy burdens or occupational risks inappropriate for their age and detrimental to their education and health. Too many rural children continue to be exposed to such conditions and this is undermining our efforts to end hunger and eradicate poverty.

Those children need our support and action so they can enjoy their right to education and health and become productive farmers and workers as adults to escape poverty and hunger.” 
— FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, 12 June 2014

This year, World Day Against Child Labour draws attention to the role of social protection in preventing and reducing child labour. Social protection enables access to education, health care and nutrition and plays a critical role in the fight against child labour. In 2013, at the III Global Conference on Child Labour, the international community adopted the Brasilia Declaration, which stresses the need for decent work for adults, free, compulsory and quality education for all children, and social protection for all.

At FAO headquarters, FAO hosted an event in collaboration with the ILO drawing attention to child labour in the context of decent work in fisheries and aquaculture .

On this occasion, FAO and ILO released a preview of the joint E-learning course “End Child Labour in Agriculture”. The E-learning course aims to raise awareness among agricultural stakeholders about the importance of addressing child labour in agriculture, including livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture and strengthen their capacity to do so.