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South Asia Regional Consultation on Child Labour in Agriculture and Allied Activities

Of 215 million child labourers in the world, most child labourers aged 5 and 17 years old are in agriculture (60%) compared to some 26% in services and 7% in industry (Accelerating action against child labour, ILO Report 2010). Child labour in agriculture is hazardous: children work long hours, use sharp tools which need not be machinery (a sickle for instance); carrying weight over their tiny shoulders, exposure to pesticides etc.