Kids bank on women to free them from toil in Ivorian cocoa fields

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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

AFP

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...

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