Ofi shares milestone on supporting farmer livelihoods


Ahead of International Coffee Day on 1 October, olam food ingredients (ofi), has announced that it has achieved more than half of its target to improve the livelihoods of 200,000 coffee farmers by 2025. The results are reported in its second Coffee Livelihoods, Education and Nature at Scale (LENS) sustainability impact report.

The report details the achievements made by ofi’s coffee platform in collaboration with customers and partners across 44 projects with a total funding commitment of over $50 million. Launched in 2020, ofi’s Coffee LENS sustainability strategy lays out their comprehensive 2025 goals within a four-pillar framework: economic opportunity, education and skills training, climate action and healthy ecosystems. Through this strategy, ofi aims to create a more resilient supply chain and safeguard the future of coffee.

“I’m proud of the positive steps we’ve taken towards all four of our focus areas, increasing our sustainability programs to reach 117,242 farmers, implementing 14 education remediation plans in high-risk origins to mitigate the risk of child labour, and bringing land equivalent to 47,000 football fields under regenerative agricultural practices,” says Vivek Verma, CEO of Coffee at ofi.

“International Coffee Day is a timely opportunity to reflect on this progress and its importance in supporting the farmers whose livelihoods depend on our love for coffee.”

Ongoing programs provide dedicated support to producer partners in agronomy training and technical assistance, improving overall productivity and increasing average income. Under ofi’s 2025 environmental targets to regenerate coffee landscapes and reduce deforestation, over 2.4 million non-coffee trees have been planted, deforestation remediation plans implemented in 75 per cent of identified high-risk areas, and soil health improved over 34,000 hectares.

The report also details the successful deployment of ofi’s digital tools to access data, reduce carbon footprints and build a more secure supply chain. With growing requirements for traceability and environmental due diligence, AtSource – ofi’s sustainability management system – allows customers access to verified and data-based insights so they can manage and improve performance and impact in their supply chains.

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