Côte d’Ivoire, 13 July 2022 (TDI): Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently launched a blockchain initiative trial to eradicate child labor with Deloitte Tohmatsu Group.

This technology initiative will use blockchain technology to eliminate child labor and also secure children’s educational opportunities.

The event took place in Côte d’Ivoire, which is the world’s largest producer of Cocoa. Unfortunately, many children in the country work on Cocoa farms to earn money instead of attending school.

The blockchain initiative  technology system

According to the International labor organization, approximately one in ten children are child laborers. Many children, unfortunately, work in the agriculture sector as laborers.  This is a major issue because it prevents them from going. Therefore, JICA and Deloitte came up with this initiative.

Benefits of the blockchain initiative 

The blockchain initiative aims to make the production of cocoa transparent. Blockchain technology allows several people to share the same information and protects the accuracy of any information that is shared on the system.

Blockchain technology is also highly transparent and low-cost. The blockchain registers all the information and therefore, makes it difficult to change or erase. This initiative will also enable children to attend classes and consequently, focus on their education.

The trials of blockchain technology began in November 2021 in a rural community called Gagnoa. This rural community is located 140 kilometers southwest of the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, Yamoussoukro.

Some of the people who are participating in the blockchain trial include farmer parents, members of farmer organizations, teachers, and school staff. The observers include members of Beyond Beans which work to eliminate child labor in West Africa’s cocoa production.

ONO Miwa, a member of Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in charge of the field survey said that it was easy to work with the participants of the project. She said that the farmers and schools that were asked to cooperate with this experiment were very supportive.