Zambia to investigate role of child labour in tobacco cultivation

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) in Zambia has reported that children are being routinely used as cheap labour in tobacco cultivation. The findings accord with the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 1.3 million children under the age of 14 work in tobacco fields. The CTPD executive director Isaac Mwaipopo has called on the government to investigate the full extent of child labour in Zambian tobacco cultivation along with an assessment of the health risks to which they are exposed.