According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), agriculture has the highest incidence of child labour, accounting for 71% of child labour worldwide.
Not to dismiss local issues of the local economy, conflict and crisis, or lack of education infrastructure, the problems of child labour in agriculture are below.
The problem of child labour in supply chains is complex and challenging to address, as it involves multiple actors and can occur in different stages of the supply chain. Using Farmforce Origin and Orbit, companies can monitor, evaluate and run a myriad of surveys to address the needs of a particular crop, product, or value chain. Once child labour is handled, companies can decide to mitigate their risk of using child labour.
Difficult to assess the current risk of child labour in complex supply chains.
How to identify the regions, communities, or crops where mitigation is necessary.
How to ensure mitigiation activities have occured and are working.
Companies have struggled to:
Identify child labour risks across geographies, cultures, crops, and time zones.
Identify regions, communities, or crops currently at risk.
Measure the efficiency of programs on-the-ground.
Child labour perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems.
By tracing the first mile of the supply chain, companies can better understand where their products are coming from and identify any potential risks for child labour. Companies that work with Farmforce can then take proactive steps to prevent child labour.
Farmer Database: Based on a complete overview of your entire farmer database, you can gain accurate data and make proper decisions towards farming, harvesting, or producing activities.
Farmforce Origin and Orbit: Companies can monitor, evaluate and run a myriad of surveys to address the needs of a particular crop, product, or value chain.
For more Key Features, see our Farmer Database and GPS Mapping Use Case.
Digital tools can monitor labour conditions in the first mile of the supply chain. For example, workers with mobile devices can report labour abuses, allowing companies to detect and respond to child labour more quickly and effectively.
Digital Tools: Monitor labour conditions in the first mile of the supply chain. For example, workers with mobile devices can report labour abuses, allowing companies to detect and respond to child labour more quickly and effectively.
In the cocoa industry, for example, Farmforce has been working with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), the owner of the remediation tool, known as “CLMRS”.
By tracking the first mile of the supply chain, companies can hold suppliers accountable for any labour abuses, including child labour.
Global Overview: With Farmforce Orbit, standardised and centralised activities across different locations, including farmer register updates, certifications, and mapping activities. Farmforce Orbit brings efficiency, reliability, and scale to global organisations and their first mile data operations at scale.
Enhanced Collaboration: Digital platforms can facilitate collaboration between companies, suppliers, and other stakeholders. By sharing information and working together, companies can address child labour’s root causes in the supply chain’s first mile and develop sustainable solutions.
The public expects companies to adhere to laws and regulations prohibiting child labour, and they value ethical responsibility in supply chain management. Combining these factors, companies must ensure compliance with legal standards and fulfil their ethical obligations.
Maintaining a positive reputation and earning the trust of consumers are paramount. The general public highly values companies that demonstrate a commitment to ethical sourcing, as this ensures they are not contributing to child labour practices.
DigitAlising the Cocoa Process
GCB Cocoa has already used our food tech in Cote d’Ivoire, where they directly implement sustainability programs. As it stands, GCB Cocoa deployed our sustainable food supply chain management Software as a Service (SaaS) across 11 cooperatives, covering nearly 6,000 smallholder farmers altogether.
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Fairoils is harnessing Farmforce’s first mile data capabilities to manage thousands of smallholder farmers in Africa.