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Creating rural prosperity through the Olam Livelihood Charter

The Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) is our flagship programme for smallholder farmers, in pursuit of our sustainability goals. Through the 8 OLC principles, we aim to unlock mutual value for Olam by bringing prosperity to our farming communities and build long-term relationships based on fairness and trust, transferring skills and knowledge through partnerships. For Olam, this helps us to secure and increase volumes of quality product for our customers. The 8 principles of the OLC are: access to finance, improved yields, labour practices, market access, quality, traceability, social investment, and environmental impact.

In Côte d’Ivoire, we support 100,000 farm families from 1350 farmer associations through the OLC principles, improving their livelihoods and community well-being and safeguarding natural resources. In 2015, these partner farmers produced 178,520 tonnes of cocoa, cotton, cashew, and coffee.

2015 OLC Highlights – Côte d’Ivoire

Activities to improve farm productivity and foster economic inclusion in Côte d’Ivoire in 2015 include:

  • Training on Good Agricultural Practices, farm management, gender, and child labour
  • Financing $17M in agri-inputs to for cash crop production
  • Investing in farmers’ post-harvest infrastructure, including 7 warehouses, and 5 drying floors and 10 coffee hulling machines (for a total of 100 coffee hulling machines since 2012)
  • Improved market access through truck financing, cooperative weighing scales, supply of crop collection bags, and grading rural roads.
  • Improving access through education, including construction of 5 primary schools for 800 students and literacy programmes for 65 cashew factory workers and 300 cotton farmers.

Improving health, food security and nutrition for workers, farmers, and communities. 

 As part of our Olam Healthy Living programme, we provide health education and screening for thousands of people at our worksites and in remote villages. We improve water and health infrastructure, including four clinics constructed last year.  In 2015, we trained nearly 16,000 farmers (25% women) on nutrition and food crop production, as well as farm management and financial literacy skills. Olam advanced farmers $2.0M in agri-inputs specifically for their food crop production. These inputs included fertilizers and high-yielding maize varieties. 1500 female farmers received improved cassava varieties.

Committed to the sustainable use of natural resources.

We are increasing our use of renewable energy through biomass boilers in cashew and cocoa factories and solar energy in offices. We improve the urban environment through town cleaning and greening initiatives.

We promote climate-smart agricultural practices among our farmers.  In 2015, we trained 43,000 farmers on sustainable water management, 66,000 farmers on sustainable soil management, and 22,000 farmers on forest protection and climate awareness. Topics include integrated soil fertility management, integrated pest management, agroforestry, forest conservation, avoiding bush fires and maintaining a buffer zone near waterways and protected areas. Good practices are facilitated through Farmer Field Schools, shade tree nurseries, and composting demonstrations.