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6th Mar, 2020
Olam Cocoa introduces the first professionalised child labour monitoring and remediation to Cameroon
Child labour monitoring and remediation is set to be rolled out across Cameroon in the first programme of its kind by a cocoa company. The move forms part of Olam Cocoa’s global commitment to put children first by tackling child labour and helping more children attend school across its entire direct supply chain.
The company is working in partnership with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and local cocoa farming cooperatives to digitally register its nearly 7,000 farmer suppliers in Cameroon and their households, introduce rigorous traceability and reporting systems, educate local communities about child labour, and set up dedicated child labour monitoring and remediation systems (CLMRS) – the first time these measures have been introduced professionally and at scale in Cameroon.
To facilitate this process, Olam Cocoa is introducing a new app to its Olam and Farmers Information System (OFIS) technology. After providing training to community leads and equipping them with a
Olam partners with John Lewis Partnership to inspire next generation of Colombia’s coffee farmers
Smallholder farmers in post-conflict zones in the south-west of Colombia will benefit from a new laboratory and training centre designed to raise coffee quality and livelihoods.
The project, launched during Fairtrade fortnight, has been set up and jointly funded by Olam Coffee, in partnership with John Lewis Partnership, Bewley’s Tea & Coffee, and coffee cooperative ASOPEP.
The quality lab and education facilities will allow local growers to access training on organic and sustainable farming, good agricultural practices, new varieties and quality testing. Olam’s coffee specialists will also deliver advanced post-harvest processing workshops, to introduce farmers to the latest techniques for producing higher grades.
“In the current climate of unpredictable weather and prices, it’s important to encourage and upskill growers to produce higher quality beans that qualify for specialty coffee markets, where prices are higher and more stable,” said Head of Sustainability and
It’s not news that most cocoa farmers in West Africa struggle to make a living income. And we know that this has a knock-on impact on things like deforestation as farmers are forced to encroach on forest land in search of fertile soil.
Often cocoa yields can be improved through simple techniques like pruning, but many cocoa farmers don’t feel confident enough to do this because they worry they will damage their crop and lose their livelihood altogether. Peer pressure also plays a part, as this scepticism spreads from farm to farm.
The One Farmer, One Acre programme is helping to overcome these barriers in both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Rather than attempt to train up large groups of farmers on demo plots, we arrange for young adults within the community to prune an acre of cocoa for a farmer, with the labour costs covered by us and our partner Mondelēz.
This helps farmers to see the tangible benefits pruning can have on their own farm so they feel more confident
Empowering women is essential for having a positive impact on the future of sustainable cocoa. It’s not an easy task as they often face a lot of barriers to reap the fruits of their labour. This International Women’s Day, meet Madeleine. She heads up a women’s association in her village in Côte d’Ivoire and explains how, with some support from us, she is developing her own source of income to become more independent and support her family.
Madeleine Aya Bouadi, 52, is president of the women’s association in the cocoa farming village of Yao n’gohkro. The association brings together 33 women from the village to run a group-owned cassava farm, created with the help of seed money and tools provided by Olam Cocoa. “We meet every Tuesday to work on the farm together and decide what needs to be improved.”
They mill the cassava themselves and are finding buyers to sell to, all so they can earn an independent income, supplement what their husbands are making, and support th