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Supporting thriving communities

We source from 4.3 million smallholders in developing countries such as Nigeria, Tanzania, India, Vietnam, Colombia and Brazil. They grow crops such as cocoa, coffee, cotton and cashew on smallholdings, perhaps just 1 or 2 hectares.

Due to stretched government resources, these farmers usually have limited education and healthcare, little agri-training, no access to banks and credits and their yields and incomes are far lower than they could be.

It is our best interests to help these farmers increase their yields and therefore incomes.  If we don’t, we run a number of risks such as reduced supply for our customers and farmers seeking alternative livelihoods.

Our flagship livelihoods programme is called the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC). It embraces over 300,000 farmers across Africa, Asia and South America. Its framework is based on 8 Principles that must be fulfilled by Olam teams and our partners for an initiative to achieve OLC status. 

These Principles don’t just cover access to finance and better agri-inputs.  Rather, they cover the whole of the smallholder’s landscape as we believe that only by taking a holistic approach will we see communities thrive for the long-term.  As well as farmer training and finance, the Principles cover social and infrastructure investment, labour and environmental impact training, quality improvement and traceability. We are also committed to empowering women farmers.

In addition to the OLC, we support many more farmers with some of the key Principles such as micro-finance, training and or some agri-inputs such as good quality seeds.

For detail on the different challenges and our progress read the Livelihoods section of the FY16 Annual Report.  You can review our goals below.

Progress on goals

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