Today I learned that there are a large number of farms in western Africa that use child labor to tend the crops. These are supported by large companies that make chocolate (Hershey’s, Nestle, etc). I am wondering if there is any data that people know of that would help with understanding this problem better and potentially help reduce the amount of child labor being used. I am near the beginning of my learning journey on this problem and I really don’t have a good handle on the problem, potential solutions, or roadblocks, but I know that the fastai community has a lot of smart people from different backgrounds so it seemed like a good place to begin a conversation. Here is what I’ve found so far:
I was initially made aware of this issue from a chocolate company that is trying to combat this issue by making 100% slave-free chocolate. Here is a link to that company: https://tonyschocolonely.com/us/en
and their annual report for 2018-2019 (really good read):
After reading about the issue there, I went to google and found this article discussing the issue from 2019: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/hershey-nestle-mars-chocolate-child-labor-west-africa/
And finally I’ve found a report from NORC (National Opinion Research Center) that looks like it was published in October of 2020: https://www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/assessing-progress-in-reducing-child-labor-in-cocoa-growing-areas-of-côte-d’ivoire-and-ghana.aspx
Looking forward to hearing from everybody and hopefully helping move the needle and raise awareness on this issue.