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Sustainability

  1. Sourcing cashews responsibly with Olam and AtSource

    Cashew nuts are undoubtedly delicious. Because of their great taste and versatility, their popularity is continuing to rise. This is good news, but what can’t be ignored is that cashews are grown mainly by subsistence farmers in remote rural areas...

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  2. Working to “END” neglected tropical diseases in our lifetime

    1.7 billion people – or 1 in 5 globally – are affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Despite this, they remain a relatively unknown burden that are yet to be effectively tackled. 

    Olam – comprising  Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) and Olam Global Agri (OGA)  – has partnered with The END Fund – the only private philanthropic initiative solely dedicated to ending the most common NTDs – to improve the lives of people affected by these diseases. Together, we have been working across Olam's various supply chains in Africa - particularly cashew, as well as rice, grains, and other ingredients – to solve the burden of these diseases...

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  3. Olam Ghana Cashew Donates Medical Equipment to Sampa Hospital to Mark World AIDS Day

    AIDS, like COVID-19, is an illness that affects people all over the world. And as a global business, we’ve made it our mission to support the communities along our supply chains—which sometimes means providing essential medical supplies...

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  4. How we are keeping cashew farming communities and students safe in Ghana amid COVID-19

    Our cashew team, part of Olam Food Ingredients, has been working with cashew farmers in the fertile vegetative belt spanning the Bono East and Bono regions of Ghana for many years. When COVID-19 hit we knew immediately that one of our priorities had to be raising awareness on symptoms and preventive measures to help curb the spread of the virus. Not only was COVID-19 an unknown concept to much of the population at this point, but implementing preventive measures was not straightforward, with practices such as “social distancing” being unfamiliar to these communities...

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  5. Cracking traceability in nut supply chains with AtSource

    We should all be eating more nuts, according to the EAT‑Lancet commission, an expert group on healthy, sustainable diets. Packed with protein, heart-friendly fats and vitamins, they are a popular snack choice, with many versatile ways of being incorporated into our diet. Yet, even the most discerning of us may never have considered where or how the nuts in a cereal bar or plant-based milk are grown....

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  6. Sustainability Report - Olam Superfoods, Peru

    Olam Superfoods sources directly from a transparent and traceable supply chain of an expanding network of about 3,000 smallholder farmers whom we have been working with since 2018 across all the quinoa and chia growing regions....

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  7. Digital Tech Empowers Ghanaian Cashew Farmers

    An estimated 5,400 Ghanaian smallholder farmers are receiving better prices on their 3,100 tons of cashew thanks to Olam’s direct purchasing app Olam Direct. The app also benefits customers by providing greater traceability for their purchasing.  Developed in-house, Olam Direct is one part of a robust, proprietary solution which offers a variety of apps and tools to not only provide greater transparency on pricing, but access to Agri-inputs and farming advice like better fertilizer use and insights on efficient land use to fight climate change...

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  8. Addressing Sustainability Challenges in Cashews

    How are we ensuring one of the world’s most consumed nuts is supporting the farmers and communities behind it?  By supporting our farmers from the ground up, reaching out to our farmers directly, investing in local processing capabilities, empowering women farmers, and so much more...

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  9. 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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  10. 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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