Belize: BSCFA announces initiatives to end child labour

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers' Association - BSCFA has announced a set of initiatives to battle the use of child labour, mainly in the agriculture and sugar production process.

Belize: The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association – BSCFA has announced a set of initiatives to battle the use of child labour, mainly in the agriculture and sugar production process.

BSCFA is one of the largest of companies that represent sugar cane farmers in the northern part of Belize.

The first pilot project is with the – International Labour Organization and the Ministry of Labour that would aim to design and execute the prototypes via the platform for social innovation. This would further contribute to the promotion of prolific employment and good work for the helpless youth and women in the sugar cane value chain in northern Belize.

The second pilot project is an arrangement with the Fairtrade International to promote Youth Policy and guidelines of BSCFA in order to facilitate the youth with adequate employment, skills development and in business opportunities.

The organisation informed that it priorly deep studied the issue, including reaching out to the stakeholders, including the youth and invested in the programs and projects that would promote awareness of the rights of helpless groups, especially the children, youth, and women.

The organisation noted that “The youth is three times most likely to be unemployed than adults and lack genuine opportunities for a sustainable livelihood in Belize’s sugar cane producing sector.”

BSCFA stated that it would assemble a youth working group that would include the farmers, farmworkers and the staff and then train them to manage target groups with the youth of Belize in the farming operations and communities.

The organisation took this commitment on the Child Labour Elimination Day to end child labour in relation to target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals would call on the global community to take prompt and adequate measures to abolish forced labour, to end modern slavery and human trafficking and further protect the prohibition and elimination of child labour.