Since 1989, we have built exceptional cashew sourcing networks across Asia and Africa.
Dedicated teams work in farming communities all year round, providing timely insight on raw cashew nut quality and crop profiles. This is enhanced by long-term relationships with large grower, cooperative and local trader networks, minimising the risk of supply interruptions for our customers.
Under the Olam Livelihood Charter, we have been running economic, social and environmental impact programmes for several years in Africa. Today, we are supporting around 63,500 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique. Because we work with the farmers and cooperatives, we can also offer fully traceable Organic and/or Fairtrade cashews.
Olam operates 15 cashew-processing and packing facilities.
In India and Vietnam, we run fully-mechanised processing facilities that operate under superior safety and hygiene parameters. At the same time, we are pioneers in transferring the experience, skills and technologies to our cashew processing operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Nigeria.
We have shortened process times, minimised control points, and incorporated precision grading and sorting to deliver more consistent quality cashews, customised cashew grades and ingredients as well as Kosher and Organic-certified varieties. Most of our facilities are HACCP and BRC-certified, enabling us to offer our customers full traceability to international standards.
We are the largest cashew processor in Africa. Our efforts to process raw cashew nuts where they are grown is appreciated by governments, customers and other agencies. In addition to providing large-scale employment opportunities, we also run health campaigns, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiatives, adult literacy programmes, productivity-based incentive schemes, as well as annual and cultural celebrations with the view of effectively engaging our workforce. Our processing units are based in rural communities and principally offer opportunities for women to directly earn cash incomes.
“Consistent quality and volumes over the long-term will increasingly depend on the resilience of small-scale farmers. Through the Olam Livelihood Charter, we focus on building knowledge and skills among both farming and local trading communities, as well as promoting good labour and environmental practices. We are also proud that our supply chains for Côte d’Ivoire and Vietnam are among the first to be included in Olam AtSource – one of the most comprehensive sustainable and traceable sourcing packages in the B2B marketplace.”