Olam Côte d’Ivoire focuses on food security & nutrition for cashew farmers
In rural Cote d'Ivoire, the Sustainable Cashew Growers Programme (SCGP) links Olam directly with the farmers that supply us. We are the only company to participate in the entire value chain and in doing so, are able to gain insight into and respond to the social challenges faced by farmers and their communities.
As part of Olam’s commitment through AtSource Plus - a sustainable sourcing platform- to achieve sustainability objectives, the cashew business teamed up with the CR&S Africa department to carry out a comprehensive food security and nutrition study for cashew farming households in the SCGP.
Drawing on resources and best practices from the food and nutrition sector, the team surveyed a representative sample of 797 households to find out what kind of food they typically eat, how often they eat it, and where it comes from. Information on the diets of more than 1,000 women and 323 children within those households was collected too. This information was enhanced by data collected on household demographics, engagement with Olam, child labour, income, agriculture and access to water and adequate hygiene and sanitation facilities to provide a complete picture of a typical SCGP household.
To carry out this work, the team mobilised all cashew field agents and engaged 23 female students from the local university to form enumerator teams. Since all cashew agents are male in Cote d'Ivoire this ensured gender balance in the team. All teams were then trained in basic concepts of food security and nutrition, as well as in survey methodology before heading out to the field for about two weeks.