OLAM Nigeria’s drive cannot be hidden! With offices and operational units across all geopolitical zones of Nigeria, OLAM has a wide and growing network of farmers, suppliers, wholesalers, local buying agents (LBAs), customers and service providers. Today, these networks encompass approximately 500,000 farmers and have created tens of thousands of jobs in indirect employment. OLAM’s quest to create living landscapes where prosperous farmers and thriving communities live in harmony with healthy ecosystems seems to scoring points.
In 2013, OLAM invested in a 10,000-hectare farm with integrated mill which directly employs 950 people from the surrounding communities. The farm also supports an ‘out-grower program’ whereby surrounding rice-growing communities are supported by the Olam farm with training, pre-finance, fertiliser, and seeds in order to improve their paddy yields. Currently, 7,000 farmers are engaged in the program aimed at producing rice for the domestic market thereby boosting self-sufficiency.