Survey Research on Child Labor in West Africa’s Cocoa Growing Areas

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Tulane University’s Payson Center has been awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct nationally representative child labor surveys in the cocoa-growing areas in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, a follow-up activity to previous data collection in West Africa’s cocoa sector also conducted by the Payson team. The collected data will be used to measure changes in the prevalence of the worst forms of child labor in agriculture, including the cocoa sector.

As part of the new project, the Payson Center is further tasked with designing and implementing capacity building activities of 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. The project will be carried out over a period of three years with Dr. William Bertrand as the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Elke de Buhr as the Co-PI and Joanna Baisier as the Program Manager. For more information, please contact Dr. Elke de Buhr.

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