Zambia is also important to our coffee portfolio and we are looking to revitalise the local industry through our Arabica plantation in Kasama, in the Northern Province.
Our cotton business here follows the similar successful model as Zimbabwe. We provide seeds, fertilisers and chemicals on credit to smallholders, and offer advice and support to help them get the best out of their crop. We then buy the cotton from them, which we gin and subsequently export as lint.
In 2012, we began our expansion into coffee, taking over a 6,972-hectare Arabica plantation in Kasama known as the Northern Coffee Corporation Ltd (NCCL). Today NCCL is certified Rainforest Alliance/UTZ, and employs 355 employees and nearly 5,000 seasonal workers across the 5 coffee estates. Under the Olam Livelihood Charter we are supporting coffee farmers in the surrounding area.
We are also investing in the future of the communities by sponsoring a primary school for more than 1,000 students and a medical clinic for 6,000 villagers. In partnership with PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools), we have set up a secondary school which offers dormitory facilities for female students at no cost.
Our team is made up of over 5,000 employees in Zambia.