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Olam Pushes Farms in Africa Oil Producer to Stem Income Fall

  • Commodity trader sends aspiring farmers abroad for training
  • Gabon wants to boost agricultural output to 20% of GDP
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Gabon and Olam International Ltd. are trying to persuade young people to take up farming in a nation that faces dwindling crude revenue and imports almost all of its food.

As part of a government plan to develop cash crops, Singapore-based Olam offers to send aspiring Gabonese farmers on training courses in countries ranging from Morocco to Malaysia.