Global March

13th August 2020, Thursday I 12:00PM- 1:30PM (IST)

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Report: Paradox of the Sweetest Crop

At 70%, globally, agriculture continues to be the leading sector employing children in high-risk work, from using sharp tools and operating dangerous machinery to being exposed to extreme environmental conditions and agrochemicals. In India, over half the number of child labourers is concentrated in agriculture due to poverty, limited access to quality education, and traditional attitudes towards children’s participation in agricultural activities, among other things. The report ‘Paradox of the Sweetest Crop’ makes an attempt to delve further into such root causes of child labour and its gendered dimensions in the sugarcane sector, a key commercial agriculture crop.

The dissemination event focuses on sharing key findings of the report with stakeholders to initiate a dialogue towards:

  • exploring the interlinkages of bonded labour and migration and how it impacts children of sugarcane cutters
  • the urgent need to address the nuanced root causes of child labour in the sugarcane sector in India
  • sharing policy gaps and legislative challenges and how they can be collectively addressed
  • beginning a dialogue for programmatic interventions to ensure that children can access quality, uninterrupted education and their families have rightful opportunities for decent work

The dissemination event is being organised in collaboration with PRAYAS Centre for Labour Research and Action.


1. Kalpana Rajsinghot – Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, India (TBC)
2. Denis Macwan and Jayeshbai Shantilal Gamit – PRAYAS, Centre for Labour Research and Action
3. Niharika Chopra – Director (Policy), Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
4. Gazal Malik – Policy Research Coordinator, Global March Against Child Labour

How to Join the Webinar 

You can join the webinar from a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. You will need to register in advance for this webinar at this link:

How to Share Your Views Before and During the Webinar 

  • Before the webinar: Relevant to the topic of the webinar, if you have any questions or views that you would like the panellists to answer or consider during the webinar, please email your questions to, latest by 11th August, Tuesday
  • During the webinar: Alternatively, you can write your questions or views in the chatbox, and they will be answered in Q/A session during the webinar

To read the executive summary of the report, click here.

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