Just as a balanced diet is nutritionally diverse, so a healthy livelihood shouldn’t be overly reliant on one crop. Through AtSource and other programmes, we have been starting to focus on improving access to nutritious food for farming families and reducing malnutrition. Encouraging farmers to diversify crops helps to stagger income and spread risk. It is also good for the soil. Farmers can grow other crops for cash or for family needs.
Life expectancy in developing countries remains low, perhaps just 59 years for a man. This is compounded by poor nutrition, disease and an inability to treat minor ailments. This in turn impacts farm productivity – a study in Côte d’Ivoire found that during a single cabbage production cycle, farmers infected with malaria had 47% lower yields and 53% lower revenues. So, it is in everyone’s interests to invest in the health of rural communities.
In Africa we run the Olam Healthy Living Campaign which reached over 215,000 people in 2019. Health caravans offered vaccinations, testing and other support for HIV, malaria, malnutrition and other needs.
Read an example of where we've made such a difference in the community.
In our rural emerging market operations, particularly where there is no piped water infrastructure such as around our estates, we focus on improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) access for employees. As part of our sustainability programmes we dig bore holes and build wells. Not only does this provide water locally, but it frees up women and children to participate in training and education instead of walking many miles to collect water.
5 lessons on what we, and other businesses, can continue or change, to improve the health of those who contribute to a sustainable and food secure future for all.