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OUR IMPACT

Discover the positive impact your purchases have on communities and the environment.

Read about how Olam is working with partners to support farmer livelihoods, promote equality and improve environmental standards.

IMPACT STORIES

OUR COMMITMENT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The global outbreak of COVID-19 and its ongoing impact on consumers, farmers and food supply chains is unprecedented and is creating uncertainty for people all around the world.

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CULTIVATING GREATER SOCIAL AWARENESS IN COFFEE GROWERS

During the harvest season of 2017, children under the age of 16 were discovered picking coffee on many farms in Jaén Province of Peru.

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PAIRING COFFEE WITH LEMONGRASS FOR HEALTHIER PLANTS AND PEOPLE

The rich mix of volcanic soil of the Isale region in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and plentiful moisture fed through from the Great Lakes, provides fertile ground for happy, healthy coffee trees.

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BLENDING COFFEE WITH AGROFORESTRY FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES

On the tropical mountainside of Monte Sinai in Mexico, farmers are planting new coffee saplings and forest trees.

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INVESTING IN COFFEE ENTREPRENEURS

Like his parents before him, Diofanor has always worked as a coffee farmer. Everything he knew about coffee – from sowing to post-harvest - he learned from the traditional methods of farming passed down to him.

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ABSORBING THE IMPACT OF COFFEE WASTEWATER

The waste water generated from the wet-milling process – when the bean is separated from the coffee fruit - is rich in organic matter, but is often discharged into local water sources, many of which are used for drinking water.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS FOR A STRONGER COFFEE CHAIN

“With the Flor do Café project I learned about coffee quality and by that I added value to my product, through selective harvesting, the right use of products at the right time to control pests and diseases within safety standards.

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CREATING A BUZZ FOR CASHEW FARMERS

With only two harvests a year, the off-season is a typically lean period for the 5,000 Ghanaian households who depend on cashew as their sole means of income.

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COMBATTING PNEUMONIA IN CASHEW COMMUNITIES

Pneumonia is a leading cause of childhood mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and along with other preventable diseases, not only affects individual health but families’ livelihoods, and broader agricultural development.

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THE COMMON GROUND BETWEEN COFFEE AND CHICKENS

There’s a surprising link between these coffee bushes on Olam’s Milano plantation in Brazil, and the chickens from a local farm. They have both grown up on a bed of coffee husks.

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HOW FARMER FIELD SCHOOLS ARE BREWING SUSTAINABLE COFFEE

For farmers in the Quindío region of Colombia, a coffee education is proving a popular way of boosting livelihoods.

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AN OUTSTANDING CUPPA FROM POST-HARVEST TRAINING

At the Bynekere Estate in Karnataka, India, coffee farmers are reaping higher quality beans – with the corresponding income potential from it - by simply reducing post-harvest mistakes.

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CRACKING FEMALE EMPOWERMENT IN THE HAZELNUT HARVEST

Atike Kapan has worked the last 3 summers on the hazelnut farms of Turkey’s Black Sea region.

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PROMOTING CLIMATE-RESILIENT AGRICULTURE THROUGH THE STEPWISE APPROACH

While improved yields, income and livelihoods for rural farmers are directly linked to Good Agricultural Practice training amongst other things, on the other hand, these extended training periods are proving to be a huge sacrifice on the farmers financially and time spent away from their farms.

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A BONUS FOR FARMERS: BREAKING THE POVERTY CYCLE

50-year-old Antonio Benedito Sucamela is a typical cashew farmer from the Mogovala District in the Nampula Province of Mozambique and one of 51 beneficiaries in his farmer group of the Olam Cashew Farmer Bonus Scheme.

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STIMULATING NEW GROWTH FOR CASHEW FARMERS

The start to a new year can mean new resolutions, new ventures, or time for a change. For cashew farmers in Mozambique, it marks fresh hopes for the beginning of a new crop season.

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A CUT ABOVE THE REST: PRUNING FOR PRODUCTIVITY

For the novice gardener amongst us, the subject of pruning can bring a sense of dread – we’ve heard from all the experts that we’ll get more flower power as a result, yet can’t bring ourselves to take that all-important first snip, for fear of cutting off ‘the wrong bit’.

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CASHEW CREATIONS FOR WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT IN MOZAMBIQUE

Alima Assane Mupeue works at Olam’s cashew processing factory in Monapo as a supervisor in the Peeling Section. She’s a mother of 8 and balances her work at the factory with managing her household.

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PROVIDING SAFE SPACES FOR CHILDREN DURING THE HAZELNUT HARVEST

Going to school during the summer holidays wouldn’t be most children’s idea of fun, but for 13 year-old Nurcan Sekiz, it means a safe space to play and not work.

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IMPROVING HAZELNUT QUALITY, IN A NUTSHELL

Outside of the harvest period, a typical hazelnut grower in the Black Sea region of Turkey will cultivate small plots of land by themselves, sometimes with the help of family members.

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FROM THE ARMY TO REFUGEES, ACADEMIA TO ATSOURCE - MEET DR OLDFIELD WHO MAKES THE METRICS MATTER

I never thought I’d find a job in the corporate world that could utilise all my experiences, from managing a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, to my academic career, or the 10 years I spent in the Army.

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NO TEARS FOR ONION FARMERS AS YIELDS INCREASE BY 20%

“I’ve been farming for 20 years in Egypt and working with Olam for the past two seasons. During this period, myself and fellow farmers have been able to reduce water consumption, better control fungal diseases, increase our yield and drastically reduce waste during harvest which helped increase our overall productivity." Mohamed Ali, onion farmer, Western Desert, Egypt.

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IMPROVING FOOD SECURITY & NUTRITION FOR HEALTHIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE CASHEW FARMERS

In rural Cote d'Ivoire, Olam has been running economic programmes to boost the incomes and livelihoods of smallholder cashew farmers for several years, but up until recently, farmers received no such education or support on health and nutrition.

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THE PRUNING PRACTICES THAT HELP CREATE THE PERFECT CUP

The pruning practices that Angélica demonstrates on her 14-hectare coffee farm in Copán, Honduras, have helped her coffee yields grow by 70% over the last two years.

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COFFEE FARMERS NAVIGATE PRICE VOLATILITY WITH DURIAN AND PASSION FRUIT

In the central province of Daklak in Vietnam, coffee farmers have boosted their economic prospects by securing additional sources of income.

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REVITALISING COFFEE PRODUCTION IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

In Côte d’Ivoire, our extension officers started working with 13,000 farmers through 40 cooperatives to provide high-yielding, climate-resilient coffee seedlings from dedicated nurseries.

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SOWING SEEDS OF SUSTAINABILITY – CREATING THE MOST EFFICIENT ONION IN THE WORLD

As a highly water-intensive crop, onions require large quantities for irrigation in the field, which in drought-prone regions in particular, like California, is far from sustainable.

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SAFER COFFEE FARMERS, MORE SECURE LIVELIHOODS

Farmers in Vietnam’s Dak Lak province have a whole new mindset to approaching safety at work, since Olam implemented a sustainability programme there in 2016. To date, since the programme began, there have been zero reported accidents or incidents resulting from farm practices.

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A HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEM STARTS WITH HEALTHY FARMERS

49 year-old Ashraf Ibrahim, a truck driver on an onion farm, receives a blood sugar test at an Olam Spices healthcare facility in Egypt.

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CLOSING THE NUTRIENT LOOP

Old coffee trees have been given a second life through repurposing them as compost to grow new ones. As part of a rejuvenation project on two plots of Olam’s Milano plantation in Brazil, the removed trees are pulverised and then returned back to the field to feed newly planted bushes; coming full circle.

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WAKING UP TO BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS IN THE COFFEE VALUE CHAIN

These women are carrying out the meticulous process of hand-sorting the washed coffee beans - the final step in the coffee cleaning and sorting process - before they are graded.

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CULTIVATING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS IN SCHOOL CHILDREN

These schoolchildren from the rural community of Cartinha in Brazil, have just enjoyed a picnic lunch by the Rio de Onda on the Milano coffee plantation, where they’ve just been learning about the importance of water conservation from Olam’s agronomists.

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INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITIES BEHIND OUR COFFEE BEANS

7 year-old Anthony Josuel Rivera Inestroza, a student at Juan Lindo Primary School in San Manuel, Honduras poses for a photo on his new playground. What was previously a disused shelter with a mud floor, has been reconstructed to provide the children with a purpose-built space for sport and recreation.

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INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF COFFEE FARMERS

There is no doubt that the coffee industry is growing constantly, but an unsavoury brew of climate change and low prices is putting off the younger generation from coffee farming.

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PROTECTING COFFEE ECOSYSTEMS FOR A GREENER BREW

Coffee farmer Emiliano Carrasco Vera, proudly shows off his healthy crop, which is thriving in the shade of the forest canopy. Over the last two years, he has planted 200 native and nitrogen-fixing leguminous tree species, including Inga – known commonly as ice-cream bean tree, Erytrina and Cedrela, amongst the coffee bushes on his farm.

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A BETTER CUPPA FROM POST-HARVEST TRAINING

At the Bynekere Estate in Karnataka, India, coffee farmers are reaping higher quality beans – with the corresponding income potential from it - by simply reducing post-harvest mistakes.

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IRRIGATION PILOT BRING DRAMATIC RESULTS AT VIETNAM COFFEE FARMS

Vietnamese coffee farmers working with Olam have seen water consumption on their farms drop by 33% following the installation in 2016 of six pilot irrigation systems – and contributing to a significant drop in production costs.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION THROUGH FARMER EDUCATION

“I had never seen these animals before, but now I know and if they come to my farm, I just let them be. Olam taught me that they live just beside the mountain, near my farm, and sometimes we even hear them!”, said Mr. Aca, a Coffee farmer living near the habitats of Java hawk and Java gibbons.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - A PROCESSING UNIT THAT TRANSFORMED A TOWN

Olam’s business strategy has always been about helping communities to produce the best produce as this also creates value for Olam and our customers.

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MAKING GENDER EQUALITY WORK FOR EVERYONE

Olam is committed to ensuring gender equality throughout our value chain – from our plantations and farms, to the processing units, offices and senior management. This includes wages, opportunity for promotion and training.

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KNOWLEDGE IS EMPOWERING - HELPING COFFEE FARMERS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE

Working on the ground at source allows us to actively pursue long-term relationships with farmers and suppliers based on responsible practices and trust. Something we have been doing successfully with coffee farmers in Vietnam.

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A BETTER START IN LIFE - PRIMARY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTED IN JEANNOTKRO

Supporting social investments in communities is not only better for the farmers and their families, it’s better for customers. A great example is the primary school built in Jeannotkro, South Central Côte d’Ivoire.

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SAVING ENERGY AND THE PLANET

As part of Olam’s Strategic Energy Management Plan, designed to grow renewable energy across global operations, major energy saving initiatives have been implemented in Olam Spices’ onion and garlic processing plants in the US.

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