Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition
We set out to better understand the reasons behind high malnutrition rates in cashew households in Olam’s sourcing network.
Poverty, lack of healthcare infrastructure and access to clean water and sanitation contribute to lowered life expectancies in many of the countries which we rely on for crops. Individuals with specific health issues – whether suffering a disease or exposed to episodic risks, such as pregnancy for women – are most vulnerable.
Some of our African consumer markets experience dietary deficiencies. Where practical, these are addressed in some of the staples produced by our Packaged Foods business which fortifies goods such as tomato paste and beverages in line with the requirements identified by local agencies and government bodies.
Working with communities on the ground allows us to better understand their needs and to support them with training programmes, healthcare initiatives and infrastructure. We also have a responsibility to our employees, ensuring they have access to sufficient and safe sources of food, water and sanitation during working hours. Explore some of the initiatives we ran during the last year, and the positive impacts they have had, in our most recent annual report.
Olam Healthy Living Campaign supports communities by delivering programmes to support health and nutrition. During 2021, we reached Almost 450,000 individuals.
Our field teams work with farming communities to promote the value of crop diversification to improve food and nutrition security.
Many of the rural communities with whom we work don’t have ready access to medical screening and advice. Our mobile service is deployed regularly to meet this need.
Through our Caraway brand, we manufacture and retail fortified foods such as tomato pastes and drinking yoghurt which are available in African markets. We are reducing sugar in our biscuit portfolio and innovating store cupboard staples. We continue to identify and respond to the needs of customers and consumers.
We encourage innovation. In partnership with Agropolis Fondation, the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security recognises research teams and individuals with initiatives which may carry significant impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food. The prize runs bi-annually and is open to all.
We continue to review our own operations and supply chain, to make positive changes. However, we cannot make the level of change required alone. We are active in a number of sector-wide initiatives and are collaborating with customers to help them mitigate their environmental impacts.