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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. Cocoa chronicles: challenges met and developments ahead for the industry, by Gerry Manley, Olam InternationalMar 20, 2014

    Gerry Manley Gerry Manley
    I’ve been in the industry now for over 30 years and seen a raft of changes, not least the number of international companies that have exited (almost 20 since 1983) and the new ones that have emerged such as Olam (1992 in Nigeria). Today, of course, it’s more about the […]
  2. Uniting David & Goliath to accelerate agri-development, by Chris Brett, Olam InternationalMar 18, 2014

    Chris Brett Chris Brett
    Having worked across public, private and non-profit sectors in agricultural development for over 25 years, I have seen first-hand the benefits of successfully engaging with small-scale farmers in emerging economies. There is a clear link between the development of a viable agricultural sector, inclusive economic growth and food security in […]
  3. Transforming subsistence farming into commercial enterprise, by Julie Greene, Olam InternationalMar 17, 2014

    Julie Greene Julie Greene
    Olam’s business requires a consistent supply of high quality agricultural products, such as cotton and cocoa. To secure those products, the practices and livelihoods of the 3.4 million African smallholders from whom we source must be improved. Given the significant infrastructural, political, economic and social issues that stand in the […]