At long last, the day has finally arrived. Amazon has kicked off Prime Day, the mega-retailer’s biggest sale event of the year, in full force, with savings on thousands of products from top brands. No doubt you’ll find discounts on everything you need to start checking family and friends off your holiday gifting list as well as deals on everyday essentials you’ve been meaning to stock up on.
With so many items on sale, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but don’t fret: CNN Underscored has rounded up all the Prime Day deals you need to know about below. If you see something you like, act quickly — stuff is known to sell out fast on Prime Day. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as the sales come and go, so be sure to check back often.
Tech and electronics
Our pick for best over-ear and noise-canceling headphones is seeing quite the deal. Sony’s WH-1000XM4s are down to just $298 from $348, and a $25 Amazon gift card is thrown into the mix. These headphones are not only comfortable with improved padding but deliver balanced robust sound, class-leading noise cancellation and long battery life.
Our top pick for best earbuds for working out are down to their all-time low on Amazon for Prime Day. Powerbeats Pro feature a comfortable and stable design with an ear hook that wraps around your ear, plus they deliver robust sound with ample bass and offer fast pairing for Apple devices.
Whether you want to expand storage on your smartphone, tablet or even a Nintendo Switch, SanDisk is here to help. With 128GB ($19.99), 256GB ($23.49), 400GB ($45.93), 512GB ($79.99) and 1TB ($182.99) microSDs all discounted, you can’t go wrong with any size.
The Note 20 Ultra might have just launched in August, but it’s seeing an epic $250 off discount. It’s currently the best Android smartphone on the market in our eyes and features top-of-the-line hardware across the board, including a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display, a triple camera array with 50x Space Zoom and a zippy processor.
Apple’s entry-level AirPods still best most other true wireless earbuds out there. With the H1 chip inside, you’ll get fast pairing across all Apple devices (and easy switching with iOS 14) as well as hands-free “Hey Siri” support. Better yet, you get five hours of playback and over 24 hours of playtime with charges from the carrying case.
With an Eero mesh Wi-Fi system you can improve your whole home network and provide more room for many more devices. You’ll strategically place these Eero nodes around your home to spread coverage farther — up to 5,000 square feet. And Eero will intelligently connect your device from node to node for the best coverage.
These on-ear noise-canceling headphones are our runner-up pick in the category and are over $100 off. The Solo Pros feature a comfortable and modern design in fun colors with terrific hardware inside. These will fast pair with Apple devices, thanks to the H1 chip, and they feature active noise cancellation and even a transparency mode.
The Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s next-gen 2-in-1 with a custom ARM processor powering Windows 10 and both Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity out of the box. You get an expansive 13-inch screen inside an incredibly portable build at just 7.3 millimters thick and 1.7 pounds. You can bundle it with a TypeCover and a Surface Pen for $1,285, down from $1,569.98.
With Apple’s 2020 iPhone family likely being announced today and rumors saying no power plug in the box, it’s a good time to pick one up. And the Anker Nano is not only incredibly compact, but it can fast charge your iPhone (or really any smartphone) at 20 watts.
You can really never go wrong with an Echo Dot, especially at just $18.99. It’s the easiest way to add Alexa to a room, but you’re getting more than just a virtual assistant. Alexa can be your DJ from a variety of sources or even turn your Echo into a Bluetooth speaker. Better yet, you get to pick your color: Charcoal, Heather Gray, Plum or Sandstone. You can even bundle an Echo Dot with an Amazon Smart Plug for just $23.99, down from $74.98.
The most affordable Echo is even more affordable right now. The Echo Flex is down to just $9.99 and is the simplest way to add Alexa to a room, as you simply just plug it into an outlet. There are even attachments like a motion sensor, night light or LED clock that can clip into the bottom to give this some more utility.
If most of your tasks are web-based, you really can’t go wrong with a Chromebook. And the Acer 514 is a 14-inch Chromebook powered by an Intel Celeron chip with 32GB of storage. Fear not on that last spec, though: Chrome OS mostly lives in the cloud. And this is a great device for streaming, emails, word processing and even schoolwork. Plus, you can venture into the Play Store and run some Android apps.
SanDisk 128GB MicroSD Card With 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online ($39.99, originally $69.98; amazon.com)
If you have a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, this deal is for you. You can score a 128GB microSD card (which equals more storage for games and save files) and a year of Nintendo Switch Online for just $39.99. These two together would normally cost just shy of $70. And that online subscription lets you play with friends across the globe and access over 70 classic Nintendo titles.
The Echo Studio isn’t just the biggest Alexa smart speaker made by Amazon, but it’s the loudest with the most robust sound. In our testing, we found that it can really pump out the jams with strong bass. That’s thanks to five speakers inside and support for Dolby Atmos, which mixes the music for your room.
Our TV luxury pick is seeing a mighty fine discount this Prime Day. The Sony A8H OLED 4K TV is just $1,298 for the 55-inch model, and it provides one of the best pictures of any TV we tested. The A8H delivers superior contrast with pitch-black darks, vibrant hues and even softer pastels. It’s the complete package and features an Android TV smart interface.
Apple’s AirPods Pro are our top pick for best true wireless earbuds — and for good reason. They’re epic across the board with seriously impressive active noise cancellation, comfortable silicone tips that seal off the ear, fast pairing with Apple devices and nearly five hours of battery life with ANC engaged. And they’re $50 off right now.
Looking for a pair of seriously long-lasting true wireless earbuds? Those would be the Galaxy Buds+, which sport 11 hours of playback from the earbuds and up to 22 hours when you factor in the case. They also boast a wide soundstage and a sleek design that doesn’t stick out from the ear as much.
Just over $400 for a 5G-enabled phone with a big 6.7-inch display? That’s the Galaxy A71 5G, and at $419.99 it’s down to an all-time-low price. It boasts a sleek design and a three-camera array on the back. You’ll find a selfie cam in a pinhole notch on the front.
We just declared the Galaxy Tab S7 the best Android tablet, and it’s now seeing a fresh discount on Amazon.com. You can score this 11-inch tablet for just $549.99, and that price includes the S Pen. Out of the box it runs Android 10 with a Samsung One user interface on top. It will be zippy fast as well, thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor inside.
The eighth-gen iPad is just a month old, and it truly delivers extreme value at full price. But for nearly $30 less, it goes into epic territory. This 10.2-inch iPad bests nearly any other tablet at this price point, thanks to the A12 Bionic processor inside. With it, you can take full advantage of iPadOS 14 and any application from the App Store.
Amazon’s entry-level smart screen, the Echo Show 5, is down to just $44.99. With the 5.5-inch screen and single speaker you won’t only hear Alexa’s responses, but she’ll add some visuals into the mix. The addition of a screen also lets you take video calls, watch a movie and even learn to cook. You can even bundle it with a Blink Mini Indoor Smart Security Camera for just $49.99, down from $124.98.
The Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s middle smart display -— it’s larger than the Echo Show 5 with an 8-inch display and better speakers inside. It keeps all the functionality of an Alexa smart speaker but adds in visuals. You can watch a movie or a TV show, learn how to cook, stream music and even video call with friends or family. You can bundle it with an Amazon Smart Plug for $69.99, down from $158.98.
You’ll always know where you are and what time it is with these deals on Garmin GPS units and smartwatches. Outdoorsy people will find these GPS units particularly useful on hikes and cycling trips, while just about anyone can enjoy a new smartwatch, especially since dozens of models are on sale.
Snag a top pair of noise-canceling headphones for just $199. Normally closer to $350, the Bose QuietComfort 35 cans boast Alexa voice control and are available in three colors: black, white and navy.
These fitness trackers do far more than just track your fitness. The Fitbit Versa 2 features Alexa integration to deliver news, check the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices, play music and more. Also on sale, the Versa Lite still provides access to your apps and smartphone notifications, while the Aria Air smart scale can sync with your Fitbit watch via Bluetooth for a well-rounded fitness experience.
Blast your tunes from anywhere with this JBL boombox, now more than $100 off. This powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker plays for 24 hours on a full charge, and it’s waterproof, so you can use it by the pool. Choose from black, green and camo colorways.
The Bose Soundlink Revolve, which offers up 360-degree sound and 12 hours of play time, is on sale for $119 — its lowest price — in both black and white. Plus, snag the SoundLink Color II speaker bundled with a pair of Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses for the ultimate cool factor.
Ensure you’re getting the full picture when you’re on the road with deals on Vantrue dash cams. Starting at just $51.99, these cameras boast night vision and automatic recording, thanks to motion detection technology built in.
Give your at-home network a boost with deals on gear from TP-Link, Netgear and more. Switches start at just $12.99, while routers are as low as $51.99.
Not only do you get an Echo Dot, but you also get a stand with adorable green ears that could only belong to The Child. The base has the same coloring and design as Baby Yoda’s clothes, and a green half-circle will hold the smart speaker in place.
This no-frills HD camera can be placed on any surface with the included stand or mounted to a wall. It supports a live view and can even monitor for motion to record.
This smart plug easily integrates with Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control your lights and appliances from anywhere in your home.
The Kasa smart plug allows you to seamlessly control devices, power devices on or off and set schedules with your smartphone using the Kasa smart app.
Home and health
You never know when you might need a water filter. Pick up the bestselling Lifestraw for just under $10, and add it to your camping gear or emergency preparedness kit.
When flossing just isn’t enough, reach for the Waterpik Aquarius, now almost half off. You can even choose between seven colorways to find that one that will suit your bathroom counter best.
No matter what your teeth need, you’ll find it for a discount here. Add a highly rated Oral-B electric toothbrush to your cart, or brighten up your smile with a set of Crest Whitestrips.
No matter where your travels may take you, you could use a new Samsonite suitcase. Choose from a wide range of hardside and softside luggage, all for under $160.
Turns out Prime Day is the time to stock up on face masks for the whole family. Choose from a selection of reusable fabric styles and disposable one-use masks.
Prime Day is here for all your laundry needs. Pick up a few packs of detergent pods from your preferred brand, not to mention discounted Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, air freshener and dishwasher pods among the Tide and Gain deals.
Time to check vacuuming off your to-do list for good. Three Roomba robotic vacuums are marked down for Prime Day, ranging from roughly $200 to $600, so you choose the proper model for your messes.
Discover new information about your health and ancestry with this deal on a 23andMe kit. For $100 off, you can start building your family tree today.
If your household includes a baby, be sure to browse through these deals on diapers and wipes from brands like Pampers, Seventh Generation, Honest and more.
Sip on some savings with these deals on beverages of all kinds. Caffeinate with several discounted K-cup varieties and teas, power up with protein shakes or drink up some seltzer for less.
No matter how you want to clean your floors, Bissell has a vacuum for you. Snag everything from the cordless, compact Pet Stain Eraser Carpet Cleaner to the full-size, lightweight Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Upright Vacuum, with several stick vacs and a mop in between.
Furniture and Decor, Including Christopher Knight, Dorel, and Walker Edison (starting at $15.39; amazon.com)
Revamp your home for less with deals on a range of furniture pieces, from utilitarian desks and office chairs to stylish ottomans and bookcases. No matter what your home is missing, it can likely be found here for less.
No matter which type of vacuum you prefer, you can find a Shark one at a discount today. Check out deals on two upright vacuums, a stick vac and even a robo vac from the highly rated brand.
Kitchen Essentials From Le Creuset, Stasher, Corelle and More (starting at $7.49; amazon.com)
Stock your kitchen with tons of useful essentials for less, including reusable Stasher bags, Victorinox knives, sheet pans, pots and pans, Lodge Dutch ovens, Contigo water bottles, cutting boards and pretty much everything else a home cook needs.
A smart doorbell makes a lot of sense. Not only does it add a sense of protection to your home, but it gives you a simple way to get a bird’s-eye view of the front. At $139.99, down from $199.99, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is especially affordable today. You get a 1080p HD view, the flexibility of two routes for power and motion detection in a stylish package.
Instant Pot products are up to 58% off this Prime Day, with its most popular Instant Pot Duo Nova now just $99.99, down from $149.99, and the smaller Instant Pot Ultra just $49.99, down from $119.95.
Crock-Pot’s set of food warmers and slow cookers is an extra 20% off this Prime Day, with its lime green Food Warmer now $20.93 at checkout, down from $29.99, while its blue Slow Cooker is now $24.16, down from $30.20.
Trusted brand Hamilton Beach is discounting its extremely popular rice cooker, which has more than 3,500 reviews, 20% off.
T-fal P45007 Clipso Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker ($56.55, originally $129.99; amazon.com)
This magic cooking appliance can cut cooking time by 70%, and it’s now more than half off.
If you’re in the mood to grill some meat but don’t have access to an outdoor grill or even a precious outdoor space, this smokeless indoor grill is just right for you.
What better time than now to have a pizza night? Get the crisp pizza crust you’ve always dreamed of with this bargain pan.
If you’re looking to seriously upgrade your kitchen, look no further than T-fal pans. Snag the T-fal E918SE Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 14-Piece Cookware Set and you probably never have to replace your pans again. And don’t forget to check out our pick for the best nonstick pan of 2020, the T-fal Nonstick Dishwasher-Safe Cookware Lid Fry Pan.
Make breakfast a breeze with this highly versatile crepe maker, which you can use to make everything from omelets and quesadillas to roti and perfectly cooked eggs.
If you’ve got a kid who’s recently gone off to college or you’re frankly just over waiting for your water to boil every night, here’s a kitchen gadget for you. Just a simple container that cooks your pasta perfectly in the microwave — no waiting around for boiling water necessary.
Brew an amazing cup of espresso with any one of Mr. Coffee’s discounted makers, including the most popular Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, which is now just $159.99, down from $199.99.
Some of Mr. Coffee’s non-espresso products are also 20% off, including its Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffee Maker, Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder and Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer.
For the meat aficionado, this meat mincer and sausage stuffer is about to bring some serious carnivorous joy.
Now how’s this for a professional-grade product to have in your home? Get your cold cut sandwich game on with this slicer that’s deli-ready.
Flafster Kitchen Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set ($28.04, originally $36.99; amazon.com)
Get two kitchen tools in one with this salt and grinder set, which conveniently has a grinder built into the salt and pepper bottles.
Get all your ingredients perfectly weighed out with this handy digital scale.
If this year’s stay-at-home orders have made you someone who can’t have enough stocked frozen goodies (just in case!), then check out these small high-quality freezers from Whynter, which are now an additional 20% off at checkout.
A Crock-Pot is never a bad idea, especially one that can link up with Alexa.
Think of the Amazon Smart Oven as a microwave…but a whole lot better, as it combines a convection oven, air fryer, food warmer and more. It comes with its own Echo Dot so you can order the smart oven to do its thing with just your voice.
Is your kitchen yearning for a little retro flair? The brand Winiadaewoo has a bevy of microwaves and mini fridges for 20% off. We’re huge fans of the mint microwave.
If you can never get enough seltzer water, various bundles from the highly popular SodaStream device are 15% off. That means you can now get a beginner kit, which includes a sparkling water maker, CO2 cylinder and reusable bottle, for $67.99, down from $79.99. You can also get the brand’s bundle, which comes with the maker, two CO2 cylinders, three bottles and two fruit drops (for extra flavor) for $118.99, down from $139.99.
Banish knots and tension with this deal on a massage gun. Lightweight at just 2.5 pounds, you can loosen up tight muscles for three full hours before the battery dies.
Take your daily shower up a notch with these on-sale aromatherapy shower heads from Moen. The included pods are inserted directly into the head to make getting clean a sensory experience.
The easiest way to spice up any room is by adding a rug. Now you can choose from hundreds of designs, all at a discount, from Safavieh, Nuloom and Nourison. Whether your aesthetic is contemporary, traditional or downright funky, you’ll find something to suit your taste.
Beloved by reviewers for its power and size, this is the microwave you want if you don’t want to buy a new one for a long, long time.
This ice maker is a splurge that its reviewers and fellow ice lovers say is 100% worth it.
And here are more retro appliances if that’s what your heart desires. Galanz has got its top toaster ovens and refrigerators in colors like bright red and muted blue at a 15% discount.
For ice makers that are slightly cheaper, Igloo’s got its top-rated models now 10% off, with its popular Stainless Steel Automatic Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker going for $125.50, down from $149.99.
Though the weather might be changing, it really never gets too cold for ice cream when you’re always cooped up inside. These premium ice cream makers from Whynter are 20% off, with its popular 1.6-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker going for $212.37 at checkout, down from $422.50.
If you’re looking for an ultra-sleek and affordable coffee maker to use every morning, well then, here you go.
This kit, perfect for a multiroom house, includes one base station, two keypads, eight contact sensors, two motion detectors and one range extender.
Compatible with voice assistant devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and more, this smart thermostat lets you program temperatures throughout the day.
The Ecobee3 pairs with up to 32 sensors and works with Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings and Wink to allow you control over your HVAC system from anywhere.
The MyQ Smart Garage Hub by Chamberlain is a retrofit device for existing garage doors that adds in smart controls via a companion app. Plus, you can link MyQ with Alexa for voice commands.
Moen 900-006 Flo by Moen 1-Inch Smart Water Shutoff ($331.67, originally $473.81; amazon.com)
This device allows you to turn your water on/off from an app in case of leaks. It also features MicroLeak Technology that proactively monitors the security of your home’s entire water system (including behind walls and in foundations) to identify leaks as small as a drop per minute.
Replace your existing light switch with this smart dimmer to easily control your lighting.
These color-changing bulbs also offer a wide range of warm and cool light options — and, along with the smart outlet, you can control them via app or by voice command when paired with a voice assistant.
Fashion and beauty
Leggings, socks, tees, hoodies and more activewear for the whole family from Under Armour is marked down. Stock up on everything you need for a new season of cold-weather workouts (or just lounging at home).
Need new jeans? This flash sale on Levi’s apparel for men, women and kids is the perfect time to stock up. Pick up pairs of all different styles, not to mention a selection of denim jackets and tees.
Among Amazon’s own lines of basic yet stylish apparel is tons of quality activewear. Load up on shots, socks, leggings, sweats, hoodies and much more for all your fitness (or lounging) needs.
Tons of hair tools and skin care devices are marked down in this Gold Box. Scoop up savings on a Foreo Luna Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush, add a T3 Cura Hair Dryer to your styling arsenal, pick up a NuFace Facial Toning Device and much more.
There’s no such thing as too much underwear, and now’s your chance to pick up some quality pairs from Calvin Klein. Fill your cart with packs of boxer briefs, bralettes, tees and more.
Amazon’s own in-house brands like Daily Ritual, Goodthreads and Amazon Essentials have become fashion lines in their own right, and today, you can save on basic styles for men and women. Pay particular attention to the cold-weather looks, including tons of jackets and cozy sweaters.
Razors and Electric Shavers From Braun, Gillette and More (starting at $5.59; amazon.com)
All your hair removal needs are more affordable than ever with this Prime Day deal. Replenish your stock of disposable Gillette razor blade refills or pick up a brand-new electric shaver from Braun.
Beauty Products From Redken, Oribe, Biolage and More (starting at $9.10; amazon.com)
Beauty buffs will want to browse through this Gold Box for new, discounted skin care and hair care finds, from value-size Redken shampoos and Mario Badescu facial mists to cult-favorite Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner — our top pick for best liquid liner.
Top Footwear Brands, Including Keds, Ecco and Aldo (starting at $6.36; amazon.com)
Update your shoe collection for fall with new additions from Ecco, Keds, Aldo and more. Whether you’re in the market for sneakers, sandals, booties or some other style, you’ll find it here for less.
Watches by Citizen, Bulova, Anne Klein, Invicta and More (starting at $17.99; amazon.com)
Time to save on a new wristwatch. Dozens of styles for men and women from top brands like Timex, Skagen and others are marked way down. Just be sure to shop before time runs out on these prices.
On the hunt for new shades? Check out these deals on Oakley sunglasses, plus grab some Oakley apparel (think: tees and shorts) to match.
Toys and games
Keep the kids entertained at home — or get a jump on holiday gifting — with these deals on building kits and STEM toys. Your little ones can explore their scientific side with kits from National Geographic and get creative with Magna-Tiles and Magformers, to name just a few.
Gamers, rejoice! All the gear you need to get in the game from Razer is marked down for Prime Day. Save on everything from mice to headsets to keyboards and then some.
Whether your kids are fans of Barbie or board games, you’ll find something for them to play with in this Gold Box. Pick up any number of action figures, toy cars, dolls and games that are perfect for a range of ages and interests.
No matter which fandom your kids (or you) are a part of, chances are there’s an action figure on sale that will delight. Pick up a bunch of characters in Funko Pop! form, or even that Chewbacca mask that went viral way back when.
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UK to start rapid COVID-19 tests at Heathrow on Tuesday: Report
Airlines argue pre-departure virus tests crucial to get people travelling safely again.
Passengers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy from Britain’s Heathrow Airport will undergo a one-hour coronavirus test before flying out of the United Kingdom under plans to open up international travel, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Rapid tests will be introduced from Tuesday at Heathrow Airport in London to allow travellers to enter countries where a negative COVID-19 test result is needed to avoid a lengthy quarantine, the newspaper said.
Passengers are required to book a test in advance at a cost of 80 British pounds ($103), the report added.
Aviation services firms Collinson and Swissport have set up rapid-testing facilities for outbound passengers at Heathrow, the newspaper said.
The testing facilities will initially be open for four weeks and could be extended if there is sufficient demand from passengers, the report added.
Heathrow, Collinson and Swissport did not immediately respond to the Reuters news agency’s requests for comment early on Tuesday.
Airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific are among the first to be offering the facility to passengers using Heathrow’s Terminals 2 and 5.
More than 40 million people around the world have now been diagnosed with the coronavirus and there has been a wave of new cases in Europe. Countries like Hong Kong have kept the virus in check with strict border controls and quarantines.
Child labour rising in Ghana and Ivory Coast’s cocoa farms: Study
Children doing hazardous work has gone up in the world’s top coca producers, a US government study found.
The use of child labour has risen in cocoa farms in Ghana and Ivory Coast during the past decade despite industry promises to reduce it, academics said on Monday, largely supporting earlier findings that were questioned by both states.
The prevalence of children doing hazardous work, including using sharp tools, has also gone up in the world’s top two cocoa producers, according to the study funded by the United States government.
The levels were higher than in 2010 when companies including Mars, Hershey, Nestle and Cargill agreed to reduce the worst forms of child labour in Ghana and Ivory Coast’s cocoa sectors by 70 percent by 2020.
The two West African countries – which together produce about two-thirds of the world’s cocoa – had both questioned the methodology used in an earlier version of the report prepared by researchers from the University of Chicago and seen by Reuters News Agency in April.
Ghana again questioned the data in the new report, released on Monday after the US Department of Labor appointed a group of independent experts to conduct a review.
Mars said in a statement that it had committed $1bn to a responsible sourcing strategy and called for legislation to address the root causes of child labour on West African cocoa farms.
Hershey and Nestle referred Reuters to the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) industry group. Cargill did not respond to a request for comment.
Monday’s report cut the estimate of the number of children currently working in cocoa production in the two countries to 1.56 million, from more than two million in the April study, saying it had changed the ways it weighted its data. It did not give comparative totals from 10 years earlier.
‘Complexity and scale’
But it said the proportion of children from agricultural households in cocoa-growing areas that are engaged in child labour in the cocoa sector across Ivory Coast and Ghana had increased to 45 percent in 2018/19 from 31 percent in 2008/09.
The corresponding levels for hazardous work had risen to 43 percent from 30 percent, it added.
“Despite the efforts made by the governments, industry and other key stakeholders in combating child labour and hazardous child labour during the past 10 years, the child labour and hazardous child labour prevalence rates did not go down,” the report said.
It added that rates of child labour had stabilised since the last survey in 2013/14 and school attendance in cocoa-growing areas had risen even as cocoa production surged.
WCF president Richard Scobey said the report showed child labour remains a persistent challenge but that government and company programmes to reduce it were making a difference.
“Targets to reduce child labour were set without fully understanding the complexity and scale of a challenge heavily associated with poverty in rural Africa and did not anticipate the significant increase in cocoa production over the past decade,” he added in a statement.
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), a foundation backed by industry and civil society, said what it called past sampling errors made it difficult to draw accurate comparisons over time.
Ghana’s government was quoted in Monday’s report questioning the reliability of the figures that showed a reduction in the number of child labourers from the April estimate, while maintaining a similar prevalence rate.
“This raises eyebrows about the reliability of the findings for any meaningful policy formulation and implementation,” Ghana’s ministry of employment and labour relations said.
Ivory Coast welcomed the revised results and both countries reiterated their commitment to eradicating child labour in cocoa farming.
US legislators have criticised the industry and US customs authorities asked cocoa traders earlier this year to report where and when they encounter child labour in their supply chains.
Eyeing China, Australia joins ‘Quad’ drill with US, Japan, India
Military exercises set to take place in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea are likely to upset China.
Australia will take part in large-scale military exercises off the coast of India next month that will bring together a quartet of countries concerned by rising Chinese influence.
India, Japan, the United States and – for the first time since 2007 – Australia will take part in this November’s Malabar naval exercise, a move that is likely to lead to protests from China.
Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said late on Monday that the drills were about “demonstrating our collective resolve to support an open and prosperous Indo-Pacific” – a allusion to countering China’s power.
India’s Ministry of Defence said the naval drill would take place in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, which has been a hotspot for Indo-Chinese strategic competition.
Over the last few decades, China has tried to significantly increase influence in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, prompting acute concern in New Delhi.
The drill comes at a time of diplomatic tensions between China and Australia, economic tensions between China and the US and military tensions between China and India.
India and China have poured tens of thousands of troops into a remote Himalayan border zone since fighting a pitched battle in June in which 20 Indian troops and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed.
The so-called “Quad” has been touted as a means of countering Chinese influence – including a decades-long investment in modernising its army.
But the grouping has often faltered amid disagreements about how much to confront, contain or engage Beijing.
A renewed push to develop the Quad into a formal counterbalance to China included talks between foreign ministers in Tokyo earlier this month.
At that meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Asian allies to unite against China’s “exploitation, corruption and coercion” in the region.
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