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To commemorate our 25th anniversary, we are running a series of articles written by experts and inspiring individuals who have come to know and influence Olam over the years. Each has their own perspective on what it means to Transcend Boundaries – the meaning of 'Olam'. To see the full series, click the Transcending Boundaries tab under categories on the left.
  1. The man behind Olam’s revolutionary tech platformJun 05, 2017

    Simon Brayn-Smith
    We put five burning questions to Simon Brayn-Smith, Director of the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS), as it hits a record 100,000 farmer registrations. Here’s what he said: How did it feel to reach the milestone of registering 100,000 smallholder farmers to OFIS? It’s a big number. We started off […]
  2. A Better Cuppa with Empowered WomenMay 25, 2017

    Ajita Chowhan
    Did you know that our field officers in Carlopolis, Brazil have discovered that the involvement of women in post-harvest processing of coffee significantly improves the quality of the product? Here is a story from South America, that celebrates pride, independence, economic and social empowerment, which is almost everything that eventually […]
  3. A cup half full: Collaborating for water securityMar 22, 2017

    Chris Brown
    Water is something most of us take for granted. We turn on the tap and it flows. We buy it in bottles. We use it to grow gardens and irrigate food crops. Yet it’s amongst the most precious natural capital on earth. But after decades of deliberation on policy and […]
  4. Changing and saving lives, one day at a time.Mar 08, 2017

    Simone Koopman
    Making a brave choice of living and working alone in West and South Africa, Dr Simone Koopman is an inspiration to women and doctors who make serving society their purpose of life. What or who inspired you to become a doctor in Africa? The doctor who was earlier working in […]
  5. Transcending Boundaries: How to maximise Africa’s demographic dividendJan 04, 2017

    Bankole Makanju
    From a continent seen as dark and unknowable, Africa has become place of opportunity. Ours is a continent of young people: there are more people under 15 in Africa than the entire population of Western Europe.[i] By 2050, Africa’s population is expected to double to 2.4 billion and be home […]
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