Education & Skills

    We want to support farming communities and our workforce to improve their technical and vocational skills and help children into education.

    Access to resources for education as well as technical skills development is inconsistent – if not wholly unavailable – in many places around the world. This denies people the opportunity to improve their economic conditions and can keep children out of school and at risk of child labour. Needs can range from reading and writing to the operation of business management and planning. Every culture is different, as is every community.

    Measuring Progress

    As with our other material areas, we have set ourselves some challenging goals. The value of supporting education and skills development is however far reaching and difficult to measure. Read about some of our initiatives and milestone achievements in the latest annual report.

    Initiatives Supporting Education and Skills

    Skills-building in Our Value Chains

    Our Animal Feed and Protein business provides veterinary traineeships, through which 50 university graduates received on-the-job training from senior farm supervisors.

    Farmer Field Schools

    Getting plant nutrition right is increasingly difficult, but essential, in unpredictable climate conditions.

    Parity for Rural Women

    Olam’s ambition to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods can’t be fully achieved without addressing gender equality.

    International Day of the African Child 2022

    International Day of the African Child 2022

    This week is International Day of the African Child, a day that raises awareness of the continuing need to improve education for children in Africa.
    Collaborating with Save the Children

    Collaborating with Save the Children

    Child labor in cocoa has no one cause. There are often complex and deep-rooted cultural, social, and economic challenges at play.
    How to build a robust human rights system

    How to build a robust human rights system

    As a human rights specialist at the Rainforest Alliance, I have learned that creating an environment where farming communities feel supported to speak up about abuses—without the threat of punishment—is more likely to result in cases of child labor being reported.

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