NIGERIA – Olam Agri in Nigeria, a leading agribusiness specializing in food, feed, and fiber, has solidified its position as a key player in the local agriculture value chains.

The company’s robust investments across the agricultural spectrum were recently acknowledged at the prestigious Nigerian Business Leadership Awards (NBLA), held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos.

The NBLA, an annual event organized by BusinessDay, a prominent provider of business intelligence and market-moving news, aimed to recognize outstanding business leaders and organizations committed to excellence in enterprise across Nigeria.

At this year’s edition, Olam Agri in Nigeria’s Country Head, Ashish Pande, was honored as the Most Admired CEO in the Agriculture sector. This recognition reflected the company’s positive impact on the sector and its steadfast support for the Federal Government’s economic development agenda.

Frank Aigbogun, the organizer of the awards and publisher of BusinessDay newspaper, highlighted the importance of acknowledging leaders and companies contributing to the nation’s economic growth, especially in light of Moody’s recent positive economic outlook for Nigeria.

Aigbogun commended the courage and resilience of businesses navigating the operating environment.

Ashish Pande, represented by a team of top-level executives from Olam Agri, expressed gratitude for the recognition.

He emphasized Olam Agri’s increasing investments across agriculture value chains as part of the Seeds for The Future (SFTF) initiative.

The SFTF initiative focuses on supporting farms and farmers, providing education and skill development for young people, empowering women, promoting health and nutrition, and reducing carbon emissions.

Pande explained that Olam Agri’s investments have led to improved productivity in rice milling, wheat milling, animal feed, poultry, edible oil, tomato, and cotton production.

“Additionally, these investments have generated thousands of employment opportunities for the local population.”

This recognition comes on the heels of Olam Agri’s announcement of its participation in two global initiatives aimed at transforming the agricultural landscape.

The company revealed its commitment to collaborating with major partners, financial institutions, and governments to drive supply chain decarbonization and promote regenerative agriculture, reinforcing the company’s dedication to a sustainable future.

Julie Greene, Chief Sustainability Officer at Olam Agri, highlighted the importance of partnerships and collaborations in achieving agricultural transformation, underscoring the company’s commitment to sustainable practices.

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