Olam Agri strengthens progress towards sustainable quinoa and chia, Positively Benefitting Farming Communities in Peru
Olam Agri, a global food, feed and fibre agri-business, has released its Specialty Grains & Seeds, Peru Sustainability Report 2021 that outlines its continued progress towards more sustainable quinoa and chia supply chains, which are delivering positive social and environmental impacts for local quinoa and chia farming communities in Peru.
While nutrient-rich quinoa and chia seeds are seeing strong growth in demand as healthier eating and plant-based foods grow in popularity amongst consumers, smallholder farmers in Peru still struggle to realise the positive economic and social impact. Through on-the ground training and public-private collaboration, Olam Agri empowers those smallholder farmers to grow more efficiently and sustainably, and to get better access to the marketplace. This enables them to improve crop quality and yields, increase their incomes, and tackle key challenges such as improving soil fertility, preventing soil erosion, and controlling pests and diseases, while working towards a more traceable, transparent, responsible supply chain. Additionally, communities are benefitting from initiatives that are improving nutrition and well-being in these farming regions.
Olam Agri’s Specialty Grains & Seeds business in Peru is a leading supplier of processed quinoa grains and chia seeds, offering services to distributors, manufacturers, supermarkets, and private brands across 5 continents. It supports more than 2,100 smallholder farmers to adopt sustainable and regenerative practices, achieving AtSource certification.
Our efforts in Peru are a natural extension of Olam Agri’s purpose to transform food, feed and fibre to cultivate a sustainable and food-secure future. With demand for quinoa and chia continuing to rise, we are building our business in a way that contributes positively to the prosperity and well-being of people along our supply chains. This includes a continued focus on the production of organic and sustainable products, the protection and regeneration of our natural resources base, and the fight against climate change.
Biswajeet Singh -
General Manager, Specialty Grains & Seeds, Olam Agri, Peru