Stop child labour abuse
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CTA. 1999. Stop child labour abuse . Spore 83. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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J.O Olowoofoyeku, of the Economic Services and Women's Cooperative Agriculture Unit, in Abuja, Nigeria, makes a strong plea to discourage child labour in agriculture. 'Family labour is becoming less plentiful as a result of the decline in polygamy...
J.O Olowoofoyeku, of the Economic Services and Women's Cooperative Agriculture Unit, in Abuja, Nigeria, makes a strong plea to discourage child labour in agriculture. 'Family labour is becoming less plentiful as a result of the decline in polygamy and the rise in schooling of children. Most agricultural activities that involve pushing, pressing, lifting, and carrying are known to have a debilitating effect on health. The FAO has reported that the constant use of digging hoes can lead to permanent abnormal curvature of the spine and may affect the development of juveniles. The use of digging hoes can put pressure on the chest and cause respiratory troubles. Deformations and troubles may also result from the frequent use of other implements, especially when working in an uncomfortable position. Given the United Nations declaration on the rights of the child, the continued use of child labour in (Nigerian) agriculture could be counter-productive. We should: Identify factors that inhibit the realisation of the rights of the child in rural areas; Develop a database on child labour abuse in agriculture; Examine the implications of child labour in agriculture for our national development; State what aspect of farm work is acceptable for children; Identify alternative sources of labour for the farmer, so as to compensate for the withdrawal of child labour; Help to develop a comprehensive national blueprint to enforce child protection in Nigeria.'