International Sugar Journal

A bitter harvest: Child labour in sugarcane agriculture and the role of certification systems [Full subscriber]

Abstract The US Department of Labor cites 14 countries which produce sugarcane using child labour. Business and media sources suggest at least another eight could be added to that list. A conservative estimate would thus be that tens of thousands of children are currently working in sugarcane agriculture worldwide. Some of the sugarcane derived products ultimately produced undoubtedly enter markets in North America and Europe. This paper first categorises the different kinds of labour that negatively affect children into hazardous work, exploitative work, and harmful adult work (where children may end up working in migrant camps for example). It then…

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