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Our origination footprint spans 11 countries and sources cocoa beans from an ever-expanding network of 650,000 farmers. As Africa produces in excess of 70% of the world cocoa crop, it is the heart of our cocoa bean sourcing operations and we are the leading exporter of cocoa beans from the continent. Our African footprint spans Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) in West Africa, as well as Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa.

In Asia we have an established, market leading position in our sourcing operations, with procurement mainly from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In South America we have a strong operation in Brazil and an expanding presence in Ecuador. We also source from niche geographies, supplying fine-flavour cocoa for chocolate connoisseurs worldwide.

Alongside a substantial supply chain infrastructure, we recognise our clear responsibility to operate sustainably and Grow Responsibly. This is formalised through Olam’s award-winning Olam Livelihood Charter and is supported by the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) which collects and analyses data at the farmgate level for targeted project development. Read more about our cocoa sustainability programmes opposite.