Conserving Gabon’s Cultural Heritage
A treasure trove of 14th Century artefacts was discovered deep within a conservation area of Olam’s palm plantation in Gabon.
We need to understand the true sustainability impact of agricultural products. However, reliable and consistent data can be difficult to obtain because of the fragmentation in global agricultural supply chains, particularly in emerging markets. Crops often make their way from farmers in rural villages, change hands through many intermediaries, and are combined with other volumes before reaching a manufacturer such as a food company, making traceability difficult. Olam and our customers need a new set of tools to inform and plan social and environmental initiatives at the scale and urgency required to benefit farmers, rural communities and planet.
In 2014 we launched the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) – using GPS and detailed surveys, OFIS provides smallholder farmers with far greater data and information on their farms than ever before to help increase yields and quality.
In 2018 we launched AtSource – our revolutionary and award-winning sustainability insights platform for agricultural supply chains. AtSource provides customers with a single view across their supply chain sustainability parameters, as well as with insights into how to influence these elements for the better.
Our global Digital Olam team have developed many other essential applications, while also working in partnership with others. From giving cashew and coffee farmers direct access to markets via Olam Direct, to dendrometers pinpointing the exact water consumption required by our almond trees, technology is essential to sustainable supply chains.
We are also looking to see how we can better make business decisions through greater insight into the long-term impact on social, environmental and human indicators which is where our new financial tool the Olam Integrated Impact Statement comes into play.
But to re-imagine at scale we need to support the innovations of others: we are delighted that applications are open for the 4th edition for the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security. Find out more here.
Re-thinking how people and companies are financially rewarded to make the agricultural sector attractive and viable.
Revitalising communities who depend on agricultural systems so that people live well.
Re-generating ecosystems, soil and water to create landscapes where industrial agriculture, smallholders and rural commerce live with nature.
Managing palm plantations in a biodiversity rich country like Gabon requires extensive efforts to support and safeguard the country’s natural heritage.