Olam Cocoa\u00a0has announced a\u00a0package of support\u00a0to provide\u00a0personal protective equipment (PPE)\u00a0and\u00a0important\u00a0medical supplies to\u00a0cocoa farming\u00a0communities tackling COVID-19\u00a0across\u00a0Central and\u00a0West Africa.\u00a0Farming cooperatives, hospitals and\u00a0health\u00a0centres will receive\u00a0much-needed equipment\u00a0including face masks,\u00a0surgical\u00a0gloves, hand sanitiser,\u00a0thermometers\u00a0and hands-free\u00a0washing stations. Vulnerable communities will also receive food parcels to help cocoa farming families who are struggling with the rising price of basic food staples as a result of the pandemic. In Nigeria,\u00a0where the cost of some staples has almost doubled during the crisis,\u00a0Olam Cocoa\u00a0has already distributed\u00a09,600 boxes of food, each\u00a0box\u00a0providing enough meals to feed a family of four for three days. This package of support includes: \t99,500\u00a0masks for health workers and farmers in\u00a0C\u00f4te d'Ivoire,\u00a0Ghana, Nigeria and\u00a0Cameroon \t30,900 bottles of hand\u00a0sanitiser\u00a0for health workers and farmers across the\u00a0four\u00a0countries \tOver\u00a01,200\u00a0hands-free washing stations in farming communities across\u00a0the four countries \tRadio broadcasts\u00a0on\u00a0more than 30 local stations in Ghana,\u00a0Nigeria\u00a0and Cameroon\u00a0providing important public health\u00a0information and advice\u00a0to one million cocoa farmers in rural villages \t1,970 posters and push notifications on WHO guidance around hygiene, social distancing and child labour prevention to increase awareness in cocoa communities in C\u00f4te d\u2019Ivoire \tA continued commitment to delivering Good Agricultural Practice training to help cocoa farmers improve yields and incomes. That includes developing new training videos in Nigeria delivered via LED screens on mobile vans where it is not possible to safely visit farmers in person Andrew Brooks, Global Head of Sustainability, Olam Cocoa, said:\u00a0\u201cIn these extraordinary times, we must look after one another. Our priority is to support the people working across the global supply chain and especially cocoa farmers who may be struggling with rising food prices and limited access to healthcare and infrastructure. We will continue to collaborate with local governments, health authorities and communities to provide equipment and support where it is needed across our cocoa origins.\u201d\u00a0 Olam Cocoa is also providing similar support around the world. Together with Australian-backed Market Development Facility, it is launching a Covid-19 awareness campaign in Papua New Guinea which aims to share public health information and PPE with 82,000 farming households. While in Brazil and Indonesia, it is using its digital apps to deliver public health information to farmers. This builds on the efforts of parent company Olam International which has committed over $3.5m of in-kind and financial support to the global fight against COVID-19. This ranges from sensitising farmers in Indonesia to providing medical equipment and essential food supplies across Asia, Africa and South America, to producing 3D printed masks for police and social workers in Europe.