Child labour: in Seasonal Agriculture

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

Overall Objective: The overall objective of this project is to contribute elimination of worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in seasonal agriculture in line with the Government’s strategy drawn by the National Employment Strategy 2014-2023. A model has been developed through the Dutch Government and CAOBISCO funded “Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Commercial Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Ordu” project within the harvesting seasons of 2013 and 2014.

This project is based on the lessons learned from the referred project and aims contribute to the withdrawal of children from work and prevention of at-risk children to be engaged in seasonal hazelnut agriculture. It will bring added value through the replication of the strategic intervention model in different regions (Düzce and Sakarya provinces of West Black Sea Region and Sanliurfa province of South Eastern Anatolia) and with widened implementation in Ordu and contribute a sustainable child labour monitoring mechanism in seasonal agriculture. By this means, the project will step forward to attain the goal of contributing to the policy making and efficient implementation on the elimination of WFCL in seasonal agriculture.

The aim: The aim of this project is to withdrawal and/or prevention of children from work in seasonal hazelnut agriculture in selected provinces of Ordu, Düzce and Sakarya through promotion of corporate social responsibility and capacity building of public institutions, local governments, chambers of agriculture and local NGOs in combatting child labour; and developing monitoring models and partnerships including Public/Private partnerships (PPPs) while contributing a sustainable policy making process at national level. The project expects to reach out 1,000 children (500 girls and 500 boys) at risk or working in seasonal hazelnut agriculture.