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Child Labor in Cocoa, Agriculture, Mica Supply Chains is Focus of DOL Grants

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Labor has announced its intention to award the following grants to combat child labor in foreign supply chains.

- Two grants of up to $4 million each will focus on improving the accountability of cocoa cooperatives to monitor child labor in the cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, strengthening the capacity of enforcement agencies to enforce child labor laws within cooperatives, strengthening the capacity of cocoa cooperatives to monitor child labor, and providing increased support to vulnerable cocoa households within cocoa cooperatives.

- A grant of up to $5 million aims to reduce child labor in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender-focused approach focusing on vulnerable women and adolescent girls from age 5 to 17.

- A grant of up to $4.5 million will seek to reduce child labor in mica-producing communities in Madagascar by increasing the resiliency of members of vulnerable households in those communities, the capacity of government officials to address child labor in the mica supply chain, and the engagement of non-governmental stakeholders to address child labor in the mica supply chain.

For more information on forced and child labor issues, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson or Elise Shibles.

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