Following the change in management, the next step has been to keep the work flow on the several matters at the association, including meeting the requirements by FLOCERT to correct noncompliance that were identified earlier in the year. Among the biggest problems is child labor. Chair of the Committee of Management Ezekiel Cansino says that they continue to hold workshops tackling this issue. Since Monday members of the BSCFA have been in training on child labor with fairtrade representatives and consultants.


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“Podemos recordar que el Child Labor es uno de los none-compliance que tuvimos este ano y por eso hemos conseguido una suspensión y vinieron dos personas una señora de Alemania y uno de Costa Rica siempre de la organización de Fair Trade nos están dando entrenamiento sobre el tema y cómo podemos mitigar o que programas podemos hacer para mitigar este problema que tenemos acá, es un problema que no solo existe aquí en la industria cañera sino que es un problema que existe otra ves de todo el pis de Belice y esperemos que podamos salir adelante con este entrenamiento y después vamos a pasarlo a los branches adonde se identificó el Child Labor.”


The training is being attended by heads of departments and the committee of management. The workshop will be extended by the Association to the 18 branch leaders. Cansino says the plan is to launch a pilot project in the two branches where child labor was identified.

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