About 152 million children — one in ten — across the world are engaged in child labour, says the International Labour Organisation.
Of this, more than half – some 73 million – work in jobs that directly endanger their health, safety and moral development, ILO said in Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes report.
The highest levels are in countries affected by armed conflicts where about 77% of all children work, on an average.
The work that majority of children in the five to 17 age group engaged in are in agriculture, including farming, fishing, forestry and livestock.
“Poverty is the main cause of child labour in agriculture, together with limited access to quality education, inadequate agricultural technology and access to adult labour, high hazards and risks, and traditional attitudes towards children’s participation in agricultural activities,” ILO said in the report.