The Cameroon Outgrower Programme is our latest strategic measure in improving the livelihoods and economic viability of the rural communities that border our plantations. The 15-year planting programme will see 13,000 landowners equipped with the education and financing to develop multi-crop farms around a core crop of rubber. 27,000 hectares of degraded land or low yielding farms will be re-planted and sustainably farmed to produce 100% traceable, high quality rubber and liquid latex.
The programme will create impact both environmentally through the development of rubber farms which are high sequesters of carbon, and socially, by promoting sustainable development through creating wealth for rural communities.
A thorough onboarding process has been designed by our team, NGOs, and financial experts. This includes a strict environmental and credit risk assessment and training programme. Land within High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock areas will be exempt, and appropriate land deeds must be secured prior to development.
In addition to this, all applicants must comply with our Sustainability Policy which includes a no-deforestation commitment from December 2018. This is verified via an independent satellite imagery service.
Smallholder participants benefit from classroom and practical training on sustainable farming practices, as well as loan management classes conducted by banking professionals. Throughout the duration of the programme, farmers receive ongoing support from a dedicated team of agronomical experts.
Legal cooperatives will secure legal land titles for each farmer, in addition to managing loan disbursements, the purchases of material and the sales of inventory. Representatives from the legal cooperatives also offer participants support throughout the programme.
The programme will drive the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: