Nutrition & Health

    We aim to improve and maintain farmer and employee health.

    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.

    Measuring Progress

    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 our the initiatives we ran during the last year, and the positive impacts they have had, in our most recent annual report. 

    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.

    Partnering for Scale


    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.

    Initiatives Supporting Nutrition and Health

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    Improving Livelihoods and Nutrition

    We set out to better understand the reasons behind high malnutrition rates in cashew households in Olam’s sourcing network.

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    Building Resilience

    COVID-19 impacts on small-scale farmers underline the need for building resilience. 

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    Protecting Against COVID-19

    Pastors in Papua New Guinea are on a mission to help keep coffee farmers and their communities shielded from the coronavirus.

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