NORC publishes new study on child labor in the cocoa growing areas of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana

New study by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago assesses progress in the reduction of child labor in the cocoa growing areas of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

The long-awaited U.S. government-funded report by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) "Assessing Progress in Reducing Child Labor in Cocoa Production in Cocoa Growing Areas of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana" reviews the progress in reducing child labor and hazardous child labor in cocoa growing areas of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana between 2008/09 and 2018/19.
The study shows that in 2018/19, approximately 1.56 million children were engaged in child labor in cocoa production.

A second study conducted by NORC on behalf of the WCF on the effectiveness of the chocolate and cocoa industry's efforts so far shows that industry interventions result in a lower prevalence of child labor and hazardous child labor in communities that have access to such support.

The full study can be found here and in our study overview. A technical summary of the study can be found on the website of the International Cocoa Initiative Foundation.

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