Malawi: Tobacco Industry Accused of Engaging Children

21 Mar 2002
Hamilton Vokhiwa
All Africa

Nairobi — The Malawi tobacco industry has come under renewed pressure to stop using child labour and to make way for other more economic crops in the country. Tobacco accounts for a significant proportion of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. But non-governmental organisations and even the government are wary of the continuing recruitment of children and are seeking to protect this most exploited grouping in the labour market.

Tobacco accounts for about 70 percent of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. But the industry is facing a decline following the worldwide anti-smoking lobby.

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