Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa Growing Areas 

The purpose of this Cooperative Agreement financed by the U.S. Department of Labor is to:

  • Develop population estimates for the prevalence of children working in the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa growing areas of Côte d'lvoire and Ghana based on data from Tulane University's earlier survey in 2008/2009 (see "2006-2011 Activities" for more information on the earlier survey);
  • Carry out research activities to assess the prevalence of the worst forms of child labor in agriculture, including the cocoa sector, in Côte d'lvoire and Ghana during the 2013/2014 harvest season;
  • Use the information collected to measure percent changes in the prevalence of the worst forms of child labor in agriculture, including the cocoa sector, in the two countries between the 2008/2009 and 2013/2014 harvest seasons and publish reports detailing Tulane's research methodology and findings;
  • Prepare and publish data dictionaries and public-use data files; and
  • Develop and submit a detailed step-by-step survey implementation and data analysis manual to allow for the replication of research design and reporting on findings.

The Tulane team is further tasked with designing and implementing capacity building activities for the national statistical offices and other local stakeholders in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana focusing on survey research and data analysis skills related to child labor in the cocoa sector.

 

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