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We offer year-round support to our farmers and have built strong relationships. Through our digital procurement system, we offer customers a reliable supply of traceable, premium quality raw cashew.
We collect produce from farmers and aggregate inventory at Olam-owned warehouses, which also receive goods from our agents. Each location is equipped with drying and packing facilities allowing us to maintain the quality of the product and prepare it quickly for export to customers outside of Ghana.
Outside of the harvest season, we train farmers in Good Agricultural Practice to help them farm sustainably, increase their economic prosperity and create healthy ecosystems. We identify training needs at a community level and deliver tailored programmes.
In 2019 we delivered over 30 programmes on 12 different topics. These were attended by in excess of 3,500 farmers and the benefits felt even wider.
In 2018 we rolled out a propriety solution of integrated apps which track products from farm to factory-gate.
In excess of 5,400 farmers are registered on the system, giving them access to transparent pricing, agricultural inputs and farming advice throughout the year. By removing speculation of intermediaries, famers see an incremental increase in their income. We benefit from stronger relationships with our growing community and better market insight which we can share with our customers.
Micro-collectors are employed by Olam on a commission basis to collect crops directly from farmers and bring them to our warehouses. This cost-effective sourcing creates secure local employment. The quality of each collection is assessed onsite, crops of similar quality are aggregated at source, improving the consistency and quality of goods ultimately delivered to our customers.
We can trace our product back to farmer group level and have an end-to-end chain of custody. Through our AtSource offering, we can share this information with our customers.
If you are already an Olam customer and would like to benefit from our AtSource service, contact your Olam Business Advisor today.
AtSource is a sustainable sourcing solution, created by Olam. It helps customers to understand the footprint of their products by tracking environmental and social metrics at each stage of their journey.
The insights can be used to improve farmer livelihoods, protect people’s rights and optimise natural resources. It builds across 3 tiers with progressively enhanced levels of impact, verification, insight and information.
Cashew programmes in Ghana joined the AtSource Plus programme in 2019, with approximately 1,200 farmers registered. The data generated through AtSource forms the basis of our sustainability action plan.
A thriving community is more than a prosperous economy, it’s also about health and nutrition, education and skills, diversity and inclusion.
We have distributed approximately USD$450,000 to registered farmers as zero interest loans through our farmer outreach programmes. This has benefited about 115 families, giving access to food and educational during the off season when they don’t have an income from crops.
We have established a beekeeping initiative among cashew farmers. The honey produced offers them extra income, particularly important during the off season. Improved pollination increases the yields from the cashew estate, further increasing farmer income. Over 400 women have benefited from this initiative.
Since 2013, we have distributed in excess of 300,000 saplings to farmers. These help smallholder farmers to create a business, either because they don’t have the initial funds to make the purchase, or they cannot buy enough to make their business sustainable.
We work with the Ghana Health Services to run health awareness and disease prevention programmes in our farming communities. In 2019 we focused on Malaria and Pneumonia eradication and improving awareness of AIDS.
We continue to work with communities, governments, partners and NGOs to achieve our 3 outcomes and make farming more sustainable for Ghana.