ACCEL Africa - Uganda

Child labour remains a serious problem with 2,048,000 children out of the 8,973,000 aged 5-17 engaged in some form of child labour, which constitute 14 percent of all children nationally(Uganda National Household Survey 2016/17). 

The educational achievement of these children is at risk because either they do not attend school or their schooling suffers from long hours dedicated to work. Child labour is found in agriculture, transport, mining and related sectors, fishing, construction, the urban informal sector, domestic service and commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Uganda is Africa’s second largest producer and exporter of tea after Kenya, and its production and exports have witnessed substantial increases in recent years.

Coffee and tea are among the listed goods, which are produced with forced labour (USDOL list of goods) with coffee being the main foreign exchange earner in Uganda, and widely grown.

Under Accel Africa the focus will be put on the elimination of child labour in the tea and coffee supply chains.


  1. © Bart Versteeg 2023

    Child labour

    Next steps to end child labour in global supply chains

    27 January 2020

    A major conference takes place this week in the Netherlands that aims to set out the next steps in ending child labour in global supply chains. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took part in a panel discussion at the conference, which has been organized by the Dutch government in collaboration with the ILO, the Global March Against Child Labour and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

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    « 100 Years – 100 Lives » | UGANDA - “The ILO project will contribute to the elimination of child labour in Uganda’s tea and coffee supply chains”

    13 August 2019

    Uganda is one of the six countries covered by a new ILO project to accelerate the elimination of child labour in African supply chains. It is likely to have a major impact on thousands of children’s lives throughout the country.

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    « 100 Years – 100 Lives » | UGANDA - “I still live with back pain because of my work as a child in a tea plantation”

    13 August 2019

    Molly Namirembe was involved in child labour for two years in Uganda when she was just 11. She is still coping with the consequences and decided to share her story to help eradicate child labour.