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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Growing Better Livelihoods – Part 1

Part of my role at ETP is supporting the Ugandan tea industry to improve the lives and livelihoods of those who produce tea, focusing on the Mpanga and Rwenzori processing factories. A key part of this has been helping workers …

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Thoughts from India

Standing in a field near Digboi in Upper Assam last week, I felt like I had finally reached the last link of the supply chain that joins tea growers in India to tea drinkers in the West. The field belonged …

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