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2021 - INTERNATIONAL YEAR

FOR THE ELIMINATION OF CHILD


LABOUR

FAO REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (FAO RLC)
Background
On 10 June 2021, ILO and UNICEF released the 2020 Child Labour Global Estimates. With four years left
before the 2025 deadline for achieving SDG target 8.7, numbers are alarming. In early 2020, 112 million
child labourers were found in agriculture, marking an increase of 4 million since 2016 (the first increase
in two decades). In relative terms, the agricultural sector is still accounting for 70% of all child labour. In
addition, a new analysis suggests that a further 8.9 million children will be in child labour globally by the
end of 2022 because of rising poverty driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite progress in Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), 6% of all children in the region (8.2 million)
are still found in child labour. Almost half of these are in agriculture, underlining the urgent need for a
breakthrough in the sector. Against this background, upscaling FAO’s efforts in the region could potentially
make Latin America and the Caribbean the first continent free from child labour, getting as close as
possible to the 2025 deadline posed by SDG target 8.7.

To that aim, and following the pledge made by our DG on the launch of the International Year, FAO is
realizing a regional-driven observance of the International Year, which will include a FAO regional
workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean, on 29 September 2021, from 09.00 to 10.30 Santiago de
Chile time.

Objective of the event


The regional workshop aims at giving voice to and discussing game-changing solutions of regional actors,
contributing to the international community’s efforts to address child labour. Each speaker will present
a recommendation on what concrete actions to prioritize to enable agricultural actors to upscale child
labour elimination in agriculture in the region or in their own country. The recommendations will be
compiled in the outcome document, which will contribute to the Global Solutions Forum on Eliminating
Child Labour in Agriculture, organized by FAO on 2-3 November, in collaboration with the ILO. These
efforts will inform the design of specific child labour large-scale programmes and projects at country-level
focusing on the different sub-sectors of agriculture and food systems at large.

In line with the regional priorities identified in October 2020 by the FAO Regional Conference for Latin
America and the Caribbean, the workshop’s exchange will support the formulation of a series of concrete
recommendations for the region, focused on:

I. What is needed to enable the contribution of agricultural actors to end child labour;
II. In the short term, what immediate actions shall agricultural actors prioritize to address the
root causes of child labour in agriculture (rural poverty, food insecurity, barriers to decent
youth employment, vulnerability to economic and climate-related shocks, lack of social
protection and barriers to free quality education)?

III. In the medium-long term, what actions can agricultural actors take to make sustainable and
resilient agri-food systems a driver to end child labour in the region?

Format
The regional workshops will be online, live, in Spanish and it will last 90 minutes. It will include the
projection of a video and simultaneous interpretation into English and French.

Target audience in the region


1. Governments, farmers’ and producers’ organizations

2. Victims, ‘survivors’, activists

3. Alliance 8.7 partners (regionally and pathfinder countries)

4. UN and other international organizations

5. Regional organizations

6. Civil society organizations

7. Business networks / Companies

8. Media

9. Arts and Culture

10. Wider public

Event tile and sub-title

FAO Regional Workshop on Eliminating Child Labour in Agriculture


“Making Latin America and the Caribbean the first continent free from child labour”

Speakers

Moderator – Introduction (09.00 – 09.10)

Ms Laís Abramo, FAO Consultant, former Director of CEPAL’s Social Development Division and former
Director of ILO Country Office in Brazil.
Opening remarks (09.10 – 09.15)

Ms Maya Takagi, FAO Regional Programme Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean

FAO video "Reducing child labor in agriculture through decent youth employment in Guatemala"
(09.15 - 09.20)

Peer-to-peer exchange (09.20 – 10.20)

- Ms. Maria Cedillo Chavez, beneficiary of the FAO New Coffee Generation Project
- Mr. Vinícius Carvalho Pinheiro, ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Mr. Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, Deputy Director of the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and
the Caribbean
- Mr. Luiz Beduschi, FAO Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Mr. Andrés Espejo, Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
- Mr. Alberto Posso, Professor of Economics, Researcher and Director, Center for International
Development of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
- Ms. Natalia Álvarez Rojas, Vice Minister of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica
- Mr. Cristóbal Corrales, Vice Minister of Employment and Social Security of Honduras, tbc
- Ms. Marlene Mazariegos, Head of the Labour and Judicial Area of Guatemala’s Agro Chamber.
- Mr. Tomas Regalado, President of El Salvador’s Sugar Foundation (Fundazucar)
- Mr. Miguel Ostuma Raymundo, Cooperativa Maya Ixil, Guatemala
- Mr. Ronald Omar Pivaral Cruz, Coordinator of Operations Guatemala and EL Salvador, Caravela
Coffee

Closing remarks (10.20 – 10.30)

Mr. Luiz Beduschi, FAO Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

Final document
Document collecting the recommendations issued by the speakers on what concrete actions to prioritize
to enable agricultural actors to upscale child labour elimination in agriculture in the region or in their own
country. The outcome document will be presented at the Global Solutions Forum on the Elimination of
Child Labor in Agriculture, organized by FAO on November 2-3, in collaboration with the ILO.