• TEAM UP 2014 – A Sri Lankan Perpsective!

    Posted by mohanm on 31/07/2014

    Two days of constant face-to-face interaction and intense dialogue at Vinopolis in London with the key players in the global tea supply chain, all present under one roof was a profitable and a valuable learning experience for us. It also gave us the opportunity of meeting many old friends in tea and meeting new ones. The bonding and spirit during READ MORE

  • The view from Malawi

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 10/06/2014

    The past couple of weeks have been tumultuous ones for Malawi. I am here with ETP’s African team,  international buyers and retailers of Malawian tea, and one of ETP’s key development partners, IDH –the Sustainable Trade Initiative. This is a trip that has been long planned but we came close to cancelling it due to concerns that violence would erupt READ MORE

  • Impacts of climate change felt by tea producers

    Posted by Jon Copping on 01/04/2014

    Having taken over the ETP climate change portfolio from my colleague Rachel Cracknell, who’s on maternity leave, I found the recent article, Why climate change is bad news for India tea producers on the BBC website really interesting. The story together with writing reports about our climate change adaptation project really made me think how ‘man-made’ climate change (I can’t READ MORE

  • Increasing sustainable tea production in Uganda

    Posted by heleen on 27/03/2014

    It was quite surreal driving through Uganda and hearing the news from the Winter Olympics over the car’s radio a few weeks ago. Alpine skiing isn’t exactly hotly debated in this part of the world. But then again, perhaps I wasn’t hanging out with the right crowd. The people I met with were more concerned with the longer than usual READ MORE

  • Plant Protection Code: A landmark development for Indian Tea Industry

    Posted by Vikram on 26/03/2014

    The last few months have been very eventful for the Indian Tea Industry and it still finds itself in the midst of a whirlpool of controversies. There can never be smoke without fire and the media has a knack for spotting the smoke and following the trail back to the point of origin. From all this media coverage I see READ MORE

  • The 4th Wave

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 17/02/2014

    Its been an interesting few days in the world of tea and sustainability, with more media interest, both positive and negative, in the issues we work on in the last 48 hours than in the previous 12 months. So I had a somewhat surreal start to my Valentine’s day, as I found myself chatting with BBC news reporters about on-line READ MORE

  • New Year Roundup for the Year of the Horse

    Posted by amanda on 31/01/2014

    Greetings from the ETP China desk, and of course, Happy Chinese New Year! Here in water-logged England, we welcome the year of the fiery wood horse as it chases out that pesky water snake.  Tea producers will be pleased to learn that the wood horse bodes well for agriculture, and as always, we’ll be working hard this year to ensure READ MORE

  • Promising Start to New Farmer Field Schools in Uganda

    Posted by heleen on 30/01/2014

    While smallholder farmers play an increasingly important role in world tea production many in Uganda struggle to make a decent living from tea. Evaluations from Kenya have shown that one of the best ways to help tea-farming communities is through using Farmer Field Schools (FFS). FFSs have been used in Kenya for years and now support around 600,000 smallholder farmers READ MORE