Forest protection and restoration
- Olam Cocoa, in partnership with the Ivorian Ministry of Forests and Water and alongside national government institutions, has committed to protect and support restoration of the two forêts classées of Rapides Grah and Haute Dodo. These are located on the southern border of one of the last intact National Parks in the country, the Taï National Park. As the first cocoa company to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Ivorian Ministry of Forests and Water in 2018, followed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), it will support the preservation and rehabilitation of 460,000 hectares.
- In the South West of Côte d’Ivoire, we are implementing 2 programmes that encourage agroforestry and biodiversity. In partnership with Rainforest Alliance, the Local Authorities and 6 communities, we are implementing a Landscape Management Programme which promotes Climate-Smart Agriculture and biodiversity.
- In Côte d’Ivoire we are GPS mapping our entire direct supply chain of 117,070 farms across 187 co-operatives to ensure cocoa is not being sourced from forest lands, National Parks and Forest Reserves.
- 30,200 (100%) farms are being GPS mapped within the supply chain in Ghana to ensure cocoa is not being sourced from forest land.
- In both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana 100% of our cocoa supply is traceable from individual farms to first purchase point.
Sustainable production and farmer livelihoods
- We are committed to achieving 100% traceable cocoa volumes from our global, direct origination supply chain by 2020. Technology is integral to achieving this goal and we continue to scale up our range of digital tools. The Olam Farmers Information System (OFIS) collects data, such as training activities, labour and agricultural practices on farms, as well as gathering GPS mapping data to record farm size and distance to infrastructure. Tailored Farm Development Plans deliver personalised advice to each farmer based on data about their farm.
- To tackle unacceptable land use practices, Olam is developing a methodology to map the risk of forest loss and to identify suppliers in areas perceived to have the highest forest risk. To date, Olam Cocoa has GPS mapped 100% of its supplier network in Ghana and expects to have completed mapping in Côte d’Ivoire and other countries by the end of 2019.
- In Côte d’Ivoire 921,000 multi-purpose shade trees are being distributed for on-farm planting and we are developing 30,000 hectares of cocoa agroforestry to support farm restoration as well as promoting diversification and supporting improved farmer livelihoods.
- Over 70,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are being trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
- 1,950,000 improved cocoa seedlings are being distributed to farmers in Ghana and we have established over 60 nurseries with improved cocoa seedlings which will rehabilitate 316 hectares of cocoa farmland.
- Approximately 34,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana have been trained in GAP and 5,000 on Climate-Smart Cocoa.
Social inclusion and community engagement
- In Ghana, we have partnered with Rainforest Alliance to implement a Partnership for Livelihoods and Forest Landscape Management programme which is conserving forest reserves around the Sui River, the Suhuman, Tano Ehuru and Tano Suhien forest reserves. Its focus is on protecting the habitats of native species while sustaining agricultural livelihoods of 10,000 cocoa farmers and their local communities.
- In Ghana over 6,000 cocoa farmers have been supported to acquire land tenure documentation and 16,000 farmers have participated in awareness-raising campaigns on forest law enforcement and tree tenure provisions.
- Over 2,000 cocoa farmers in 156 cocoa communities in Ghana have participated in consultations on the implementation of the Framework for Action.
Our initial plans as part of CFI will be updated and finalised in 2019 after the governments have completed the ongoing legal and operational policy changes, the mapping of protected areas, baseline data collection, and other building blocks needed for full investment programming.
Please see action plans below for full details and breakdown between Olam Cocoa and other CFI customers.