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Adapting our own farming operations to build in climate resilience

To ensure both current and future climate change impacts are addressed, our Plantations, Concessions and Farms Code includes not only greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation actions but encourages adaptation techniques, such as the planting of shade trees in our coffee plantations and building water retention of soils for our almond orchards.

Climate smart agriculture (CSA) is one of the solutions that we have identified as critical for our own operations. During 2016 we shall further incorporate CSA into the action plans for each of our farming operations. Nowhere has this been more evident than in California which was in its fourth year of brought in 2015. High tech irrigation methods coupled with building soil moisture retention capacity are increasingly essential to improving water usage efficiency in our plantations, farms and concessions. You can read more in the Water section of this Report.

Olam’s Plantations and Farming ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP), launched in 2015, is integral to sharing knowledge between products and geographies. Its vision is to develop and manage plantations to maximise profits, environmental and community benefits. The outputs of the CoP will feed into our 2020 Adaptation Plan to ensure we build future climate resilience into our operations to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

CoP

Image: Laos coffee plantation

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