Measuring the risk of child labour existing in Ghana's cocoa production areas

In 2012, GeoTraceability helped develop, test and validate a child labour risk assessment tool for the cocoa industry in Ghana.

Driven by the expertise of Ergon Associates and the IFC, a set of indicators were identified which were assumed to influence the likelihood of child labour being present in a particular cocoa-growing community. These indicators were then used to calculate an index which would ‘flag’ specific fields demonstrating a high risk of child labour occurring.

The aim of the tool is to encourage interventions which might reduce the existence of risk-contributing factors to child labour. Subsequently this would improve child protection in the cocoa industry and in cocoa growing communities, supporting the National Program for the Elimination of Child Labour in Cocoa in Ghana.

Field training with Wild Asia, Sabbah, east Malaysia