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Concept Paper COCOA 2007

Concept Paper COCOA 2007

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COCOA, an early concept paper of mine about tackling child labour isses in the cocoa industry in Ivory Coast.
COCOA, an early concept paper of mine about tackling child labour isses in the cocoa industry in Ivory Coast.

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Proposal of an international project for tackling ChildLabour in cocoa plants and a contribution to cocoa certificationin Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
* CACAO, nous les chérissons ! (french traduction) 
Côte d'Ivoire
located in West Africa is the
1st world producer of COCOA
, the primary fruit which enters 99%composition
of chocolate and in several other goods like perfumes, pharmaceuticals, liquors……Cocoa represents for the country a vital sector with presence of 600.000 heads of exploitation ensuring 6.000.000(out of 16M) people to live and contributing to 10% of PIB.Since 2001, this vital sector has been confronted to a major trend: CHILD TRAFFICKING AND LABOUR in cocoaplants endangering importation of cocoa to key markets (USA - above 50%) and depriving economic subsistence of6.000.000 persons.Government of Cote d’Ivoire, cocoa private sector, international organizations and rural communities decided to jointheir efforts in tackling that issue by adoption of agreements like the multilateral cooperation agreement to combatchild trafficking in West Africa and implementation of fit initiatives: STCP; WACAP; WINROCK/CLASSE; ANADER;SSTE; LTTE-GTZ, LUTRENA; ICCO/Total Quality.
By July 2008, all those efforts will be reviewed and evaluate by International Community (UN-ILO) and USDOL (USDepartment of Labour)
or Cote d’Ivoire, this means avoiding a probable embargo of importation of cocoa in US market by July 2008
Certification of cocoa ‘produced without worst forms of child labour’
Time is NOW for AIESEC to CONTRIBUTE………………..how?
* For additional information, please refer towww.cocoa.ci
‘’COCOA, we
cherish them! 
is a project that will gather 10 international trainees from USA and the world and 10local buddy-students that will invest in a range of activities to contribute to the question of Child Labour in cocoacultureOn a local scale, they will also support efficiency in management of cooperatives, promotion of Ivorian chocolate to localpublic and local sensitization of public on engagement for a sustainable cocoa sector in Cote d’IvoireThis project will also be a first choice response on the communication corner to demonstrate all efforts done by theGovernment of Cote d’Ivoire and all stakeholders in tackling the threat of child labour.It will especially include conception of communication tools and execution of an international communication andlobbying plan.
Duration of the project is 5 months (From mid-March to mid-May 2008 for Internships in Cote d’Ivoire and from June toJuly 2008 for international communication campaign)
Localisation and realisation of project is in Côte d’Ivoire, mainly in productive zones of cocoa and in Abidjan.Exact choice of places still need to be determinate.
Organizational partners we started contact with: Government of the republic of Cote d’Ivoire; all governmentalagencies (BCC, FDPCC, ARCC, FGCCC) involved in cocoa sector, CICG (government communication agency), ILO, UNICEF,private sector companies like ADM, SACO, and child projects like SSTE, ILO-IPEC-LUTRENA and LTTE-GTZ.
 ‘’COCOA, we
cherish them! 
a contribution of the AIESEC network - let’s take up the challenge

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