As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable and ethical coffee production in Africa, the Robusta Coffee Agency of Africa and Madagascar (ACRAM) is stepping up its actions to eradicate child labor within the coffee value chain. An essential approach as the African continent continues to play a crucial role in global coffee production.
Africa, home to some of the best land for coffee cultivation, is a major player on the global coffee production scene. However, the sector is not without challenges, particularly with regard to child labor, a worrying reality that ACRAM is working to combat.
A value chain weakened by child labor
Child labor in coffee production remains a persistent problem in Africa, compromising the quality of life of those involved and damaging the image of the sector. Investigations have revealed that some children, often from vulnerable families, are involved in heavy work related to coffee farming, deprived of their fundamental right to education and a normal childhood.
Faced with this reality, the Robusta Coffee Agency of Africa and Madagascar is taking decisive action to eliminate child labor from the coffee value chain. The agency is committed, alongside the competent institutions in member countries, to strengthening legislation and control systems to ensure that each actor in the chain respects strict ethical standards.
The agency works closely with coffee producers, civil society organizations and local governments to establish awareness programs aimed at educating communities about the dangers of child labor and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.
Promoting ethical production
The Robusta Coffee Agency of Africa and Madagascar is committed to promoting ethical coffee production that benefits all stakeholders, from plant to cup. By eliminating child labor from the coffee value chain, the agency aims to create fair working conditions and secure a better future for African children.
Although significant progress has been made, the Robusta Coffee Agency of Africa and Madagascar is calling on African governments to further strengthen legislation to protect children and ensure compliance across the coffee industry. Tougher penalties for violators and incentives for ethical practices will help create an environment conducive to responsible coffee production.