Kids bank on women to free them from toil in Ivorian cocoa fields
With the help of a Swiss foundation villagers defy a widespread practice – and a few cultural norms
In a poor farming village in Ivory Coast, women are celebrating a new development that is allowing them to send their children to school instead of working in the country’s cocoa plantations.
Until now, many families earning less than a dollar (R15) a day had no choice but to send their offspring to work beside adults in the fields.
Crippling poverty is a major factor in the widespread use of child labour in Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer...