Open Up is Fairfood International’s explorative online series tackling issues facing the food industry today and what food companies can do to create a sustainable global food economy. With each theme we look at issues such as child labour, animal welfare, and transparency. Take a look!
A closer look at the animals at the center of our food supply.
Corruption in the food industry.
A closer look at issues of child labour in the food industry.
A closer look at worker rights, working conditions and unions.
A closer look at women in the food industry.
Why is transparency important? In this theme we find out why.
Risks faced by children in the fishing idustry include drowning by getting caught in nets or strong currents and injuries like shark bites, cuts and hearing problems. Around 71 per cent of child workers in East Africa’s fishing trade suffer injuries or fall sick, over half so gravely that they are left permanently disabled.
Here we consider the problem of child labour in the agricultural sector in the context of child migration. As we show, the children of migrants are especially vulnerable to exploitation, with serious adverse consequences for their welfare, most notably their health and education. Migrant child labourers are disadvantaged even in relation to native child labourers. Often they are paid less, work longer hours, less often attend school and face higher death rates.
Over the last few months, through our online explorative series Open Up, we have delved into pressing issues within the food and beverage industry around the world. In our current theme “Fair Play” we turn our attention to yet another serious issue in the food production chain: child labour.