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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: FAO high-level Global Event on Ending Child Labour in Agriculture

2-3 November 2021. FAO high-level Global Event on Ending Child Labour in Agriculture
To mobilize global action and identify and expand concrete solutions to eradicate child labour in agriculture, FAO launched the Global Solutions Forum. 

The online event is organized in the context of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and will bring together representatives of ministries of agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry, producers and farmers' organizations, workers' organizations, development banks, businesses, civil society and academia, children, youth advocates, and former child labourers, among others.

The event is structured around interactive sessions designed to present, discuss, and promote concrete solutions to address child labour in agriculture, through three perspectives:
  • a regional lens, presenting the outcomes of regional consultations and the Call for Action: Ending Child Labour in Agriculture with the Help of Agricultural Stakeholders;
  • a sub-sectoral lens, covering crop farming, fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, and forestry;
  • a cross-sectoral lens, including investment programmes, education and vocational training, gender equality and women's empowerment, decent work and safe working conditions for all, and humanitarian and emergency responses.

Extracts of the programme

Opening ceremony

  • Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission (video message)
  • Sue Longley, General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)
  • Jo Puri, Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Paul Schoenmakers, Head of Impact of Tony 's Chocolonely
  • Emmerance Tuyishime, Programs Officer Pan-African Farmers' Organization
  • With the participation of children and youth advocates: Molly Namirembe and Kamasa Dorothy Azimi.
  • Moderator: Redi Tlhabi, Moderator & Broadcast Journalist

Presentation of the regional consultations’ results (Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Central Asia).

  • Alberto Posso, Professor of Economics, Researcher and Director Center for International Development of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • María Emilia Undurraga, Minister of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture of Chile
  • Lilian Maina, Social Compliance and Risk Manager, Fairtrade Africa
  • Maurizio Bussi, Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, ILO
  • Jehiel Oliver, C.E.O, Hello Tractor (Kenya)
  • Moderator: Benjamin Davis, Director of the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division, FAO

Presentation of the regional consultations’ results (Asia and the Pacific, Near East).

  • Ala Mustafa, Chief Executive Officer, Arab Youth Sustainable Development Network
  • Hala Abou Youssef, Director Central Agricultural Pesticide Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture, Egypt
  • Muhammad Hidayat Greenfield, Regional Secretary for the Asia/Pacific Regional Organization, IUF
  • Bharati Pflug, Senior Specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, ILO Decent Work Technical Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific

Discussion with stakeholders engaged in the sector.

  • Maggie Makanza, Gender and Social Protection Specialist, FAO
  • Sidi Kone,  Assistant Agronomist, FAO Mali
  • Juliet Kutyabwana, Education Secretary, National Union of Co-operative Movement and Allied Workers - Uganda
  • Pauline Kariuki, Director, Rural Women Network
  • With the participation of youth advocates.
  • Moderator: Silvia Sperandini, Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion Specialist

Discussion with stakeholders engaged in the sector.

  • Leonard Mizzi, Head of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Fisheries Unit, European Union
  • Daniel P. Owen, Lead Social Development Specialist, The World Bank Group
  • Christopher Ian Brett, Lead Agribusiness Specialist, The World Bank Group
  • Wieneke Vullings, Head of Sustainable Production and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Marianne van Keep, Director of Sustainability & Purchasing, Verstegen Spices & Sauce
  • Moderator: Ida Christensen, Technical Advisor, FAO Investment Centre

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