Our Global Cotton Sourcing Footprint

Africa accounts for about 18% of world production. We run extensive ginning operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Chad, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. We have nurtured long-standing relationships as the preferred partner to various cotton marketing boards and ginners.

We believe Africa’s high agronomic potential for growth can be harnessed thorough deeper farmer engagement. Through our integrated ginning model in Côte d’Ivoire, Chad and Mozambique, and in close partnership with development agencies including IDH, USAID and BMF, we support farmers to improve crop yields and product quality, provide seeds, training services, access to agri-inputs and social investment which in turn improves livelihoods. Our SECO operations in Côte d’Ivoire provided much experience and learnings for the development of sustainability initiatives. Today our sustainability programmes embraces over 58,500 cotton farmers (15% women) in Côte d’Ivoire and Mozambique. The details about the case study on SECO is provided in our 2017 Annual Report as well as Investor Insights section on our website.

Watch the video on the impact of Better Cotton adoption of cotton farmers in Mozambique.

We are the leading supplier of medium and extra-long staple cotton from Central Asia. We transport cotton from the region’s land-locked countries to major markets worldwide. In India, we have used our long-term presence in other agricultural products to set up infrastructure across the country’s major growing regions. With over a decade of supplying imported and domestic cotton, we are now a major participant in the regional trade flow and have a strong franchise with domestic spinning mills.

In the USA, our business is diversified across the major growing regions of Texas, Memphis, Georgia, California and Arizona, with ginning and warehousing infrastructure in several locations. We are a leading supplier of all the USA cotton varieties, have an exclusive marketing agreement with Liberty Agricultural Cooperative Association and participate in the regional and domestic trade flows between the USA and Latin American markets.

In Brazil, we are a leading cotton exporter and have developed long-standing relationships with large number of growers, providing them with innovative financial and risk-management solutions. We have recently begun cotton farming operations in the Mato Grosso region.

Through our subsidiary Queensland Cotton, we have built strong relationships with growers in Australia for whom we provide marketing, ginning, classing, warehousing, logistics and seed marketing. We are recognised as an industry leader, a trusted supplier of premium quality cotton, and a preferred partner for many of the major textile mills worldwide.

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Ashok Hegde, MD and CEO Cotton and Edible Oils, Olam

 “As a leading global cotton merchant, we are able to leverage our knowledge and expertise to assist farmers and ginners obtain a fair price for their cotton, as well as provide guidance on better crop management practices. This, in turn, provides us with a consistent supply of good quality cotton.”

Ashok Hegde
Managing Director & CEO, Olam Cotton

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Cotton Mozambique - Amelia's Story

Meet Amelia. She has a small cotton farm in Nampula, Northern Mozambique. By partnering with Olam she has received technical training, farm inputs and the guarantee that Olam will buy her crop. 
A banner introducing Amelia, a female farmer who harvests cotton in Nampula, Northern Mozambique, Olam.

Training Teachers to Help Farmers Count

The lives of villagers in rural Africa are being changed by an Olam literacy project in northern Côte d’Ivoire. Classrooms are being set up in warehouses, churches and even on farms to teach adults and children how to read, write and count.
African children studying in a community school, Côte-d’Ivoire, Olam

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