Social Sustainability in Agriculture: An Anthropological Perspective on Child Labour in Cocoa Production in Ghana

Amanda Berlan

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    Based on historical sources and ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana, the article presents child labour in cocoa communities as the outcome of a complex myriad of micro-level factors. It argues that many policy initiatives to address this problem have been hindered by a lack of understanding of the social and historical context impacting child rights in cocoa-producing communities. It also argues that by enabling a more grounded and gender-sensitive understanding of the household dimension of poor labour practices and of the plurality of factors underlying them, ethnography makes an important contribution to debates on unfree labour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1088-1100
    JournalJournal of Development Studies
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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    This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Development Studies, 49 (8), pp. 1088-1100. The Journal of Development Studies is available online at: .


    • child labour
    • cocoa production
    • Ghana

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