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Côte d’Ivoire

Olam opened its first business in Côte d’Ivoire in 1994. Today, some 3 million people across the country earn part, or all, of their livelihoods with Olam as farmers, staff, service providers and their dependents.

We operate throughout the country, sourcing cocoa, coffee, cotton, cashew, and rubber directly from over 100,000 partner farm families, and a further 200,000 via our network of local traders. The raw products are processed and prepared for shipment at nearly 30 processing units.

Major investments include:

  • State-of-the-art cocoa processing factories in Abidjan and San Pedro turning cocoa beans into cocoa liquor, butter, and cake
  • Pioneering mechanical cashew processing plant in Bouaké and manual processing plant in Dimbokro, providing jobs to 4,500 workers (80% women)
  • Significant shares in SIFCA group, comprising palm, rubber, and sugar businesses

Olam is one of the largest employers in the country, with over 1,100 direct staff and a further 8,000 year-round employees with our sub-contractors.  More than 90% are Ivorian and 48% are women. We partner with top schools and universities and professional associations to attract the best talent and integrate them into meaningful career paths. Through our Leadership Development Programme, high-potential employees receive tailored training and coaching, both in Côte d’Ivoire and abroad, to help them to maximise their potential and enter management roles.

We work closely with government bodies and industry associations such as the Conseil Café Cacao (CCC), Conseil Coton Anacarde (CCA), Confederation Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI), African Cashew Alliance (ACA), APROCOT-CI (cotton ginners association). We are trusted partners of development agencies, NGOs and programmes, including the ComCashew (formerly African Cashew Initiative) and Competitive African Cotton initiative (COMPACI).

Olam Ivoire Sarl

Immeuble – Outspan Ivoire ,
Boulevard de Vridi,
Zone Portuaire
15 BP 200 Abidjan 15,
Côte d’Ivoire
T: (+225) 2121 4141 F: (+225) 2121 4142 cotedivoire@olamnet.com