Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa Growing Areas
Tulane University has been working with the US Department of Labor since October 2006 on a series of three contracts, each targeted at supporting the implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol and assisting international efforts to eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) and forced adult labor (FAL) in the cocoa growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Under the most recent (2012-2016) USDOL-Tulane contract, the Tulane team conducted nationally representative child labor surveys in the cocoa growing areas of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana during the 2013/2014 cocoa harvest season, follow-up surveys to previous data collection in West Africa’s cocoa sector. The collected data was used to measure changes in the prevalence of the WFCL in agriculture and cocoa production.
As part of the 2012-2016 project, the Tulane team also designed and implemented capacity building activities for the national statistical offices and other local stakeholders in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. These activities focused on survey research and data analysis skills related to data collection on child labor in the cocoa sector.