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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-lineREAD MORE
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 ensureREAD MORE
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 farmersREAD MORE
Posted by Sarah Roberts on 22/11/2013
The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) exists to improve the lives of tea workers and farmers and we run all sorts of programmes and projects to support this objective. Tea is one of the most intensively certified commodities with many producers carrying multiple accreditations, yet despite all this effort, it is a sector where concerns continue to be raised about lowREAD MORE
Posted by janenyambura on 14/11/2013
In Kenya and across East Africa poverty, job insecurity, alcoholism, and low levels of education have negative impacts on rural communities. Farmers, workers, and community leaders can live in hopelessness and feel powerless to change the situation. Such situations have also had a negative impact on the younger generation who have been put off tea farming because their parents’ financialREAD MORE
Posted by sharmadiya on 28/10/2013
The tea industry in India is going through an exciting period of change at the moment, as sustainability initiatives enter the mainstream of the Indian domestic market after years of focus on the export sector.
In July, Sarah joined me and 800 other people in Kolkata for the launch of the India Sustainable Tea Programme. The program is a partnershipREAD MORE
Posted by Sarah Roberts on 07/10/2013
Before I joined the ETP, tea did not feature particularly heavily in my life. Nowadays, not only is it the focus of my working hours, but tea-growing countries tend to feature heavily in family holiday destinations. Also, my friends now know much more than they probably ever expected (wanted?) to about the history of tea and the issues facing theREAD MORE
Posted by aroscoe on 02/10/2013
About the project: The Plantation Community Empowerment Project was carried out from 2008 to 2011 with funding from the European Union and in collaboration with the Ethical Tea Partnership. Research and advocacy, including the development of the business case, were sponsored by the UK Department for International Development.