An Integrated Model for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey

The project aims to contribute to the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture in hazelnut harvesting in Turkey. The project in the Black Sea region of Turkey is being implemented jointly by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services of Turkey and the ILO.

Project Overview

The project’s overall objective is to help eliminate the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in seasonal agriculture in line with the Turkish Government’s strategy (National Employment Strategy (2014-2023) and the National Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (2017-2023). In this context, the project has focused on:
  • developing a strategic intervention model to eliminate child labour in seasonal hazelnut harvesting;
  • scale the strategic intervention model up in other regions where seasonal hazelnut agriculture exists as well as implement monitoring activities in sending province (hometown of seasonal agricultural workers) and contribute to policy development;
  • raise awareness of broader policy advocacy and to contribute to efficient implementation of developed policies.
The project has been initialized in Central and Perşembe districts of Ordu province in 2013. Following a successful project period, the project site has been enlarged to Fatsa and Ünye districts of Ordu in 2014. Based on the lessons learnt, the project is prolonged with second phase (2015-2017) covering Sakarya, Düzce and Şanlıurfa provinces in addition to Ordu. For the period of 2018-2020, Phase III is initiated to ensure broader policy advocacy and awareness raising with the aim of supporting the efficient implementation of developed policies. 4th phase of the project (2021-2023) will expand strategic intervention model to new cities namely Giresun and Samsun, which have 32% of hazelnut plantings area in Turkey and 29 % production rate according to Turkish Statistical Institute’s data and will maintain multi-sectoral approach and involve key stakeholders for the implementation.

Project Output

The project is based on three outputs;
  1. Enhance national and local capacity to remove children from the WFCL in seasonal hazelnut harvesting in Turkey;
  2. Prevent at risk children from engaging in in seasonal hazelnut harvesting and remove those who are engaged.
  3. Enhance awareness among national and local stakeholders, organisations and individuals involved in hazelnut harvesting as well as the public and media about children’s rights and the importance of eliminating child labour in agriculture.

Project Provinces

Ordu, Giresun, Samsun, Sakarya, Düzce, Şanlıurfa

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