Improving every day for rural women
Olam’s ambition to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods cannot be fully achieved without addressing gender equality. A fundamental human right, gender equality is also strongly linked to agricultural productivity and social and economic development. As women, we are personally as well as professionally committed to improving the lives of women every day.
Yet in many rural communities where we work, women have vastly unequal decision-making power, control over use of income, and access to education, finance, land, and inputs. Entrenched social barriers keep them from accessing productive resources and even household decisions. They are often responsible for duties, such as gathering water and laborious food preparation that can involve hours of husking, cleaning, and pounding rice or maize for it to reach the form that wealthier consumers buy off the supermarket shelves. This then limits or denies them time to engage in remunerative activities or attend training on how to improve their crop production.
Within our operating groups Olam Food Ingredients and Olam Global Agri, as well as parent company Olam International, we are engaging on these issues head-on. Our initiatives have made meaningful progress and they've revealed new challenges that must be addressed. We're constantly learning new lessons on what we can do differently, better, and/or more routinely, and applying insights from one product line to the others. By sharing our efforts across our businesses, we hope to deepen and speed the improvements we can make in the everyday lives of the women in the communities we serve.
|Product||Total farmers||Women||Women Leaders||Number of female farmers trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)||Number of farmers trained on Gender and Women's rights|
|Cashew (Africa and Asia)||44,295||9710||62||4,424||1,984|
|Superfoods (quinoa, chia, kiwicha) Peru||2,106||426||5||426||0|
|Coffee (South America, Africa and Asia)||61,600||9,966||84||5,516||18,703|
|Cocoa (South America, Africa, Asia)||284,248||46,939||1,218||37,816||120,526|
|Rice (Africa and Asia)||30,107||7,349||1,032||7,349||4,341|