This was revealed recently by the director of advocacy and engagement for elimination of child labour in tobacco growing foundation (ECLT), Nicholas McCoy in his release to global agriculture stakeholders.
He said through this approach Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia will get US$ 1.6million each and their governments, workers, employers’ organizations and companies will be engaged to address the root causes, deficits and hazardous works to tobacco growers.
McCoy clarified that approach will help vulnerable children and young people to go to school hence acquire knowledge and skills and farmers will be trained to make safe agricultural activities.
He added that it will also help lawmakers and authorities to strengthen national action plans and policies on child labour hence protect children in areas where tobacco is grown and beyond.
He declared that the strategy will strengthen and sustain collaborative global efforts to support the 40 million farmers and families who depend on tobacco growing for a living in southern and eastern Africa.
‘This strategy is an important step to strengthen and sustain collaborative global efforts to support families who depend on tobacco growing for a living, in various countries, many in southern and eastern Africa’, he said.
McCoy added that the set-forth strategy will bring together governments, workers, employers’ and the private sector to promote strong government policy and multi-stakeholder cooperation.
He added that the approach will also provide direct assistance to address challenges in tobacco sector including child labour and economic diversification.
In addition to the ILO’s funding commitment, McCoy briefed that the organization will continue mobilizing sustainable sources of funding from the public and private sectors with proper safeguards in place.
McCoy commented that the 4 African countries have an opportunity to play not only to benefit farmers, workers and their families but also in shaping a global intervention model, including services and investment.
He noted that the 2019 Kampala Technical meeting was agreed that tobacco is a legal crop which sustains livelihood of millions of people hence requires multi-stakeholders’ collaboration to recurrent improvement.
Highlighting child labour works done by ECLT Foundation and Japan
Tobacco International through arise project since 2011, he said more than 220,000 children, families, farmers and workers in areas where tobacco is grown were supported.