• A happy day for the Tigwirizane Farmer Field School in Mulanje, Malawi

    Posted by heleen on 22/09/2015

    9 September 2015 was a very big day for 28 smallholder tea farmers in Malawi; it was the day they graduated from their one-year Farmer Field School course and they were the first group to do so this year. The Farmer Field School programme is coordinated by ETP and funded by the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and Tata Global Beverages READ MORE

  • Reflections on Blantyre Meetings

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 14/09/2015

    I am writing this in Blantyre, where the largest international meeting on tea in Malawi has just concluded. And it was a truly historic event. Everyone who has an interest in the future of the Malawian tea industry was there: all the tea producers of Malawi; all the key international buyers, agents, and traders; the Malawian Minister of Labour as READ MORE

  • Insights into the Indian Tea Sector

    Posted by Vikram on 09/09/2015

    The recent BBC reports got me thinking about the state of the tea industry in India. The business environment isn’t static and history has proved time and again that certain events affect business and how it is conducted. Previously we had the industrial, technological, green, and IT revolutions – today we are living in a business world influenced by the READ MORE

  • Sri Lanka-China Cross Country Co-operation

    Posted by Dushy Perera on 26/08/2015

    John Qin, the Regional Manager of ETP for China and myself were privileged to be invited by Heritage Group, one of the first members of ETP from Sri Lanka, to visit their joint venture tea blending plant in Guangzhou China last month. During the factory visit, John and I were impressed with the emphasis paid towards hygiene and cleanliness, which READ MORE

  • Local Collaboration with Tea Stakeholders Leads to Success

    Posted by janvierafrika on 07/05/2015

    In Rwanda, smallholder farmers often have very small plots and struggle to make a living from tea. To help, I’m coordinating an ETP project, which is funded by Taylors of Harrogate, IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and two producers that provides smallholder farmers with training on good practice farming that will hopefully lead to better quality tea and higher yields, READ MORE

  • ETP’s Jane Nyambura Appointed as a Trustee to the KTDA Foundation

    Posted by janenyambura on 20/04/2015

    We’re pleased to announce that the Nominations and Remuneration Committee of Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) Holdings on behalf of the Board of Directors has appointed Jane Nyambura as an independent Director of the KTDA Foundation. The appointment reflects the hard work and commitment that Jane has given to helping smallholders earn better livelihoods from tea farming. The KTDA Foundation READ MORE

  • The Long Road to Gaining Social and Environmental Certification

    Posted by Nelia Latief on 17/04/2015

    Travelling long hours on the sometimes rough rocky terrain from the new Kualanamu International Airport is mandatory if you’re to reach the cooler altitude of Simalungun sub district in North Sumatra. Bah Butong tea estate, which we’ve been supporting to get Rainforest Alliance certified, is part of the 6000 hectares of state ownership of PT. Perkebunan Nusantara IV that owns READ MORE

  • Gender Issues: How Coffee Compares to Tea

    Posted by janenyambura on 13/03/2015

    At the end of last month I went on a fantastic trip to Uganda where I met coffee growers at a workshop organised by ETP member Mars Drinks and the Coffee Quality Initiative, that was looking at ways to empower female farmers and change their lives for the better. The workshop was of great interest to me/ETP to get an READ MORE