MOZAMBIQUE – Global agri-business giant, Olam International has announced a donation of US$500,000 towards disaster relief efforts in the wake of cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Olam said the disaster relief efforts seeks to rejuvenate and reconstruct communities in Mozambique and as well as in Indonesia where it has made such efforts.

According to the firm, a donation of US$250,000 will go directly to fund relief and victim support in Mozambique, providing food, building materials, household essentials and sanitation provisions, as the risk of disease outbreaks grows. 

Olam said that US $250,000 will support ongoing, long-term social and economic infrastructure projects in Indonesia to reconstruct the country following the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami that struck last year.

The company has also worked in collaboration with government and humanitarian partners, including the Red Cross and the U.N World Food Programme through provision of basic essentials in the countries.

Olam Co-Founder and Group CEO, Sunny Verghese said, “The scale and impact of these disasters has been devastating for people and communities in both regions.

As a company with a long-standing presence in the two countries, we have been working to provide immediate assistance where it is needed most, and to support long-term efforts to help these communities to get back on their feet and to support them in the months and years ahead.”

Olam has had presence in Mozambique since 1999 operating its businesses in rice, edible oils, cotton and cashew.

The Coca-Cola Company, its local bottling partners and The Coca-Cola Foundation has aslo donates US$1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children in support of disaster relief efforts in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Additionally, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) pledged US$100 000 in support to the affected communities while the European Union (EU) released US$3.94 million in emergency aid to Mozambique, Malawi.

The Cyclone Idia, which was attributed to climate change, hit wind speeds of 194km/h affecting more than 2.6 million people in South East African countries.