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Many of the estimated five million smallholder farmers from whom we buy both directly and via intermediaries, both work and live in isolation from online connectivity and digital tools. Therefore, they cannot benefit from those innovations and we cannot support them effectively, nor accurately report on their progress.
The Olam Farmer Information System, or "OFIS," is a novel survey tool that bridges that gap.OFIS allows our field staff to collect data, record GPS data points for farms and social infrastructure, manage training activities, and track all "first mile" transactions including financing, input distribution, and crop purchases. This yields comprehensive and detailed models of what's happening so that farmers and other participants in the supply chain can maximise the effectiveness of their efforts.
Just as importantly, it allows us greater visibility, which results in development plans crafted to meet farmer needs, and more accurate reporting on sustainability, social justice, and other good business indicators. It is a key input tool for AtSource, Olam's revolutionary sustainability insights platform for agricultural supply chains. So far, over 550k farmers in over 30 countries have been registered in the system, and we continue to rollout OFIS in 2021.
“OFIS is game-changing for 3 main reasons: the ability to embrace more farmers in the financial system; the level of transparency in the supply chain that we can offer customers into their sustainability programmes and, finally, the impact that OFIS can have on Olam’s own sustainability initiatives. We can now harness the power of the data we collect in an entirely new way. Before, we could see crop yields were changing but we didn’t know exactly why. OFIS helps us to understand the big picture.
In the cocoa supply chain specifically, data insights from OFIS support the achievement of our sustainability ambition, Cocoa Compass, and allow us to measure and report progress to our customers via AtSource, Olam’s digital sustainability platform. For example, social data collected on OFIS means we can more quickly identify children at risk of child labour and take action immediately.”
Child labour monitoring and remediation is set to be rolled out across Cameroon in the first programme of its kind by a cocoa company. The move forms part of Olam Cocoa’s global commitment to put children first by tackling child labour and helping more children attend school across its entire direct supply chain.
Olam Cocoa, a leading supplier of cocoa beans and ingredients, today announces it has achieved 100% traceability of directly sourced cocoa across its global supply chain, a commitment first stated five years ago. This means the company can now track approximately 12% of the world’s cocoa beans back to an individual farm or community.