Agricultural supply chains

Girl carrying tobacco leaves
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Cocoa, palm oil, coffee, tea, vanilla, and so many more. According to the International Labour Organisation, agricultural supply chains are at the heart of many national economies, a major source of income for many families, and an impacting force on the lives of millions of children - agricultural supply chains remaining the primary source of child labour today.

Beyond child labour, food and beverage supply chain activities affect children within agricultural communities. For example, supply chain practices can determine family income, expose or protect children to harmful chemicals, contaminate or renew local water supplies, and destroy or rebuild local and global environments.

Collectively, the impacts of agricultural supply chain practices - on livelihood, health, education, access to basic services, and more not only directly affect children but - are also root causes of child labour.

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Click here for more information on palm oil.

Click here for more information on cocoa.