• 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

  • Empowering Girls and Young Women in Assam

    Posted by Ms. Tilumoni Gogoi. Project Coordinator, Child Protection on 09/03/2015

    Gender discrimination towards young girls and women in India has been well documented in recent years. But as we celebrate and advocate for women’s rights across the world today (Sunday 8 March), an inspiring adolescent girls’ programme taking place in the heart of Assam’s tea communities is one of the key ways that young girls are being given the chance READ MORE

  • Hear How Kenya’s Largest Tea Producer is Empowering Women Tea Workers

    Posted by Seth Agala, Head of Training, KTDA on 06/03/2015

    Pearls of feminine laughter can be heard echoing in the valleys of the lush green tea bushes in the tea-growing areas in Kenya. Women hard at work, bracing the biting morning chill that has their bones rattling but their spirits unwavering to complete the tea-plucking task before the sunrays become unbearably hot. With their baskets securely latched on their backs, READ MORE

  • Improving Health and Nutrition in Tea Communities, Uganda

    Posted by heleen on 05/03/2015

    It’s been a year now since I travelled to the most western part of Uganda, near the Congolese border, and visited tea workers in their home environments. People were cooking on open fires, children were playing around in the red sand, cooking pots and plates were drying in the sun. The land in that region is almost exclusively used for READ MORE