Olam’s cashew business in Ghana, has been named most ‘Outstanding Agribusiness Sustainability Company’ at the second edition of the Ghana Agribusiness Excellence and Leadership Awards, held at the weekend.
Now in its third year, the Awards is an annual event hosted by the Ghana Chamber of Agribusiness and recognises industry players for innovation, customer service, corporate social responsibility and competitive pricing.
Olam Ghana was recognised for its exceptional efforts through sustainability initiatives for cashew farmers, which engages directly with over 5,000 farmers in livelihood improvement programmes in the Brong Ahafo region. Olam also provides marketing and information support to more than 25,000 farmers indirectly in Ghana.
On receiving the award, Santhosh Nair, Business Head of Olam Ghana’s cashew business commented: “Weare extremely glad to receive this prestigious award which acknowledges our efforts in sustainability through our “At Source” programme in the cashew sector in Ghana.”
“In Ghana we work with directly with more than 5,000 cashew farmers, providing them with knowledge input support, and training on Good Agricultural Practices, We are committed to scaling up this programme over the years ahead and create a sustained positive impact on farmer livelihoods, communities and our planet as a whole,” said Mr. Nair.
Cashew from Ghana is one of the latest supply chains to be available on AtSource, Olam’s sustainable sourcing solution that connects manufacturing and retail companies to the source of their ingredients by providing visibility into the social and environmental impact behind their cashew nuts, as well as other products such as cocoa, coffee and garlic.
Commenting on Olam Ghana’s recognition, Mr. Amit Agrawal, Country Director of Olam Ghana, said:
“Olam remains committed to working with farmers to improve their livelihood. Our AtSource initiative is a huge step forward in that direction. It is quite pleasing to receive recognition for our flagship AtSource programme for Ghana Cashew”