Cargill’s pilot Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System has already reached 4,000 farmers in Cameroon. This was revealed by the agricultural products’ producer in a press release issued on May 12. This network of farmers should be extended by the end of 2020, according to the firm, which is represented in Cameroon by Telcar Cocoa. The aim is to extend the scope of its child labor monitoring and remediation mechanism in Cameroon.
"By working directly with coaches and farmers' cooperatives, the pilot programme was designed using a risk-based approach (...) such as the presence of a local school or the number of children in the household," explained Matthias Lange, Director of Policy and Programmes of the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). "This approach will enable us to identify the communities most at risk of child labour and develop remediation plans accordingly," he added.
In Cameroon, Cargill has been working since September 2019 with a long-time partner, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to establish a monitoring and remediation mechanism for child labor in the country. The American firm is the first chocolate maker to do so.