Joining together to promote decent work conditions.
Key Intervention Project: Youth Employment Policy Initiative, 2013-2015
To advance key recommendations from the 2012 Malawi National Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture, the ECLT Foundation undertook a joint initiative in 2013 to address hazardous child labour issues and create decent youth employment for children ages 14 to 17, by helping Malawian farmers working on a variety of crops (tobacco, groundnuts, soya beans, and maize) improve safety and health conditions on their farms. By enabling farmers to identify and address risks that create circumstances indicating hazardous child labour, hazardous child labour can be reduced or removed.
Specifically, through this Key Intervention Project, partners are working to carry out two key recommendations from the conference, related to:
- Promoting decent youth employment for those above the minimum legal age
- Promoting and enforcing good Occupational Safety and Health laws
Additionally, this Key Intervention Project supports the conference recommendations to ECAM, NASFAM, FUM, TAMA, and TAM. It also supports other agricultural producer associations by promoting training to employers on child labour and good agricultural practices among smallholder farmers.
With the help of Consultant Peter Hurst, the training includes a Training of Trainer approach for both the Lead Extension Workers and Leaf Techs of the local tobacco sector and representatives from NASFAM, TAMA, and the tea and sugar sectors in occupational safety and health and risk assessments.
Representatives from the Malawi Trade Unions and Ministry of Labour also attended these trainings.
The trainings are centered on how to identify hazardous conditions, document them, and develop plans of action to rectify them. More than 100 lead farmers from a variety of districts have received this training, many of whom have employed children of legal working age.
Once the documentation and data are collected, Malawi stakeholders will assess the findings and make recommendations to public and private entities to impact the way Malawi provides opportunities for youth employment in agriculture and build decent work for children younger than age 18.
For more information about this Key Intervention Project, contact us.