The report ‘SEEDS OF CHANGE` shows that the multinational companies Bayer and Monsanto have started to address the issue of child labour in their cotton seed supply chain, though the problem is still far from solved. The companies began to tackle the problem after European and US-based NGOs started to raise the issue in the media in co-operation with local NGO’s like the MV Foundation who mobilise communities to get children out of work and into school, including in cottonseed production.
In 2005-2006 around 20% of workers on Monsanto’s cotton
the workers on seed supplier’s
Bayer’s and 10% of the in Andhra Pradesh were
children under 15. This percentage dropped to roughly 11% on Bayer’s farms
and 5% on Monsanto’s farms in 2006-2007. However unprepared to tackle the problem systematically Karnataka and Tamil Nadu where there is less local
the companies are yet in other states like pressure. This is even
important now Bayer is going to increase and Monsanto, already being the main
its production areas nearly six market player, is doubling it.
no efforts partners,
yet to implement a no-child labour policy
through in the
production of other seeds where child labour is involved. The issue procurement price offered by the companies (see also the report:
of the low ‘The price
of Childhood’) still is an obstacle to farmers, hybrids, to whole-heartedly support a no child
particularly producing non-BT labour policy. According to the
have not been very effective in cotton seed fields. This is due village level.
dealing with children to lack of motivation
have worked in