In 2015 Olam acquired SAIC, a crumb rubber processing facility located in Aniassué, about 182 kilometres east of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The country is the largest exporter of natural rubber in Africa and continues to grow at a fast pace. The SAIC team sources the raw material from rubber tree plantations owned by some 2,000 smallholder farmers and members of several co–operatives.
Under the commercial names SAC10 and SAC20, we provide customers with two grades of top quality Technically Specified Rubber (TSR) that meet stringent criteria. Our products are manufactured from naturally coagulated, or cup lump rubber sourced from our network of farmers.
- Supply base of 10 co-operatives and growing
- 1 factory, 4 buying units
- 21,000 MT processing capacity
- Providing employment for 110 people
As part of our commitment to grow responsibly and to support farmer livelihoods, we are mapping our smallholder rubber suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire using the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS). Using GPS technology, one of the functions of this proprietary platform is to map the farm of an individual smallholder, with details about the number of trees, their age and other agri related information. In addition, several social factors are tabulated for e.g. number of workers, children, distance from school and medical facilities, availability of potable water etc. This means that not only can tailored advice be given to improve yields, we can also help to minimise environmental impact and improve livelihoods. For example, OFIS can estimate the future production growth from a particular region, predict the properties of the harvested latex, precautions to be taken to prevent diseases etc.
We also support the farmers by supplying quality tapping kits for harvesting before the start of the tapping season and support women of the area by establishing their own small group providing nutritious food to our workers. In addition, we are exploring the possibilities to negotiate lowest premium rates for group health insurance for the farmers and a mobile money service for direct payment of purchased produce.