Sri Lanka-China Cross Country Co-operation

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 …

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Local Collaboration with Tea Stakeholders Leads to Success

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 …

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

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 …

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The Long Road to Gaining Social and Environmental Certification

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 …

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Gender Issues: How Coffee Compares to Tea

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 …

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Empowering Girls and Young Women in Assam

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

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

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 …

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Improving Health and Nutrition in Tea Communities, Uganda

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 …

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Mars Ambassador Program and Ethical Tea Partnership

Seven years ago, Mars, Incorporated launched the Mars Ambassador Program (MAP), as a way for us to make a difference to people and the planet through mutually beneficial, hands-on experiences that we call “MAP Assignments.” 

Working with non-profit partner organisations …

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Growing Better Livelihoods – Part 2

At the end of 2014 I told the story of Peter Machozi in the first part of my blog Growing Better Livelihoods. In it Peter explains how the processing factory he works for has given workers small plots of …

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