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Sustainability

  1. Improving Every Day for Rural Women

    Olam's ambition to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods cannot be fully achieved without addressing gender equality.  A fundamental human right, gender equality is also strongly linked to agricultural productivity and social and economic development.  As women, we are personally as well as professionally committed to improving the lives of women every day... Burcu Turkay, Narawadee Modenuch, and Brigitte Mugiraneza discuss Olam's initiatives that are working to improve every day for rural women.

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  2. Improving the Livelihoods and Nutrition of Cashew Farmers

    Cashew producing countries face high rates of malnutrition, with many farming households unable to eat healthily themselves. For example, in Côte d’Ivoire, about 1 in 5 children under the age of five are stunted – a result of chronic malnutrition. We at Olam have set out to better understand the situation of the cashew households in our sourcing network; what kind of food they typically eat and if it is enough to meet their food and nutrition needs year-round.

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  3. Creating a Buzz for Cashew Farmers

    With only two harvests a year, the off-season is a typically lean period for Ghanaian households who depend on cashew as their sole means of income.  Working on the ground with cashew farming communities throughout the country, Olam has been supporting those facing this daily reality through the ‘EPIC’ project in partnership with German development agency  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.  This project is helping cashew communities in a multitude of ways - including providing extra income-generating activities, like beekeeping, which Olam has introduced to 400 women in Ghana’s Bono and Savanna regions.

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  4. The Woman Entrepreneur Transforming a Cashew Community

    "I first met Mme Amenan Constantine Kouadio twelve years ago, when she arrived on the doorstep of Olam's regional office in Dimbokro, central Côte d'Ivoire, armed with an idea and solid determination..."

    This is the story of Madame Constantine, a wonderful partnership with Olam, and the success of Djekanou.  Read on to learn about the transformation of this cashew community, and how growing the presence of women in agriculture is the way of the future.

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  5. Sustainable Cashews: Working with Farmers the Co-operative Way

    As we recognize International #CoopsDay, the head of our Olam cashew business Mallikarjuna Kumaraswamy explains how the co-operative model is working to reimagine sustainable cashew supply chains.

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  6. Nuts About Sustainability

    Burcu Turkay, the Global Sustainability Manager for Olam Edible Nuts, took some time to discuss her sustainability journey with us. Having previously worked for Amnesty International, Burcu’s focus has expanded from human rights to a range of sustainable development issues including deforestation, water-use and even bee management. How has her journey has helped prepare her to design and lead sustainability campaigns for Olam's Edible Nuts business?

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  7. United in the Fight to Protect Cashew Farmers and Employees from COVID in Côte d’Ivoire

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olam has stepped up to provide important support to our employees and their communities, as well as to the farmers in our supply chains.

    In cashew growing countries like Côte d’Ivoire, which have limited healthcare and telecoms infrastructure in rural areas, it has been critical to raise awareness of how to prevent transmission, as well as provide hygiene kits...

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