Vulnerability And Exclusion
The climatic conditions prevailing in the district together with fertility of the soil has attracted farmers from other regions of the country into the district. The geographical location of these settler farmers makes them predisposed to vulnerability. The bad nature of the roads and the remoteness of health, educational and other facilities from the settlements make it difficult for the people to have access to these services.
There have not been any reported cases on child trafficking in the district. However, in a research sponsored by International Cocoa Initiative with PCA as coordinating agency and CODESULT as implementing partner, it was revealed that there is a form of child labour, in the sense that some parents prefer to send their children to help them on the farm instead of sending them to school.
Most at times these children are compelled to work beyond their capabilities and are also exposed to inhalation of chemicals during spraying of cocoa farms since they don’t put on any protective clothes. There are cases of the physically challenged, single mothers and teenage girls who are exposed to a lot of pressures and neglect within the district and society at large.