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Ivorian cocoa farmers are beating a system to reduce child labour: Here's how

By Marine Jouvin, PhD Candidate in development economics, Université de Bordeaux
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The evidence of child labour on cocoa farms in West Africa became public knowledge in the late 1990s. This followed press reports documenting the existence of hazardous child labour on cocoa farms. Pressure on the cocoa industry to end child labour has been growing ever since, particularly from civil society and more recently from both US and European regulators.

To meet consumer demand for more sustainable and ethical cocoa, the industry began using certification schemes in…


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