On 28 April 2008, the Council of Ministers adopted the conclusions of a communication concerning a request for authorisation from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée and Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) for the implementation, over a period of 2 years, of a research project on “child labour in the plantation economy”, particularly in the cocoa sector. Several agreements have been signed in this framework.

The last one, signed in March 2009, entrusted ENSEA with the organisation of a study on the trafficking and smuggling of Malian and Burkinabé children to work on cocoa plantations in Côte d’Ivoire. The collection of survey data should include a quantitative and a qualitative component. The scope of the study should take into account the countries of origin of the children.