Largescale Farming Cotton in the USA

    Economic Opportunity

    We want farmers and people engaged in the agri and food production system to be able to earn a decent income and be resilient to external shocks.

    The vast majority of the over five million farmers from whom we source crops – such as cocoa, coffee, cotton and cashew – operate farms on just one or two hectares in countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Indonesia, Turkey and Honduras. Combined with the vagaries of weather, infrastructure and global market pricing, many of them operate on a fine line between success and failure, with little capacity to adapt, let alone grow.

    Large-scale farmers, such as those from whom we source onions and garlic in the USA, also face challenges regarding climate change, water security and cost of production.

    Our Initiatives Include:

    • Training on good agricultural practices and extension services for crop, fish and poultry famers
    • Access to finance, agri-inputs, climate-resilient seeds, and labour-saving tools and equipment
    • Business management training and support for farmer collectives and cooperatives
    • Access to market information systems
    • Developing digital tools that can provide more tailored support, as well as create direct links to farmers so they can retain more value for their crop
    • Developing AtSource – our revolutionary sustainable insights platform.

    Reporting on Goals and Progress

    We report on the goals and targets in the Social Capital section of our Annual Report. Updates include:

    • Reaching over 770,000 farmers, including women, with sustainability support
    • How we’re creating social value capital in Nigeria
    • How Olam Cocoa has set a living income goal for 150,000 farmers
    • How the international NGO Oxfam views our progress

    Other Ways We’re Supporting Economic Opportunity

    Increasing Rice Yield

    125% increase in rice yields in Nigeria through partnerships.

    Parity for Rural Women

    Olam’s ambition to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods can’t be fully achieved without addressing gender equality.

    Coffee “LENS”

    Standing for “Livelihoods, Education and Nature at Scale”, LENS sets Olam Coffee’s first formal sustainability targets for 2025.

    Talk to Us About Sustainability

    We encourage conversation and aim to build connections with those that share our passion for sustainability.

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