Giving children a platform to grow and develop

During the years I spent working for UNICEF in India I had the opportunity to visit a number of tea communities to see what life was really like for the children and their families living there.

On these visits I …

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Improving the lives of thousands of children living in Assam

I’m really pleased to announce a ground-breaking new partnership between Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and UNICEF that will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people living in tea communities in Assam, and reduce their vulnerability to exploitation …

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Health and safety continues to improve in Sri Lanka

I was privileged to be invited by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to give a lecture on Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Standards required for Planation Certification at their Headquarters in Colombo last Friday (5th September …

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TEAM UP 2014 – A Sri Lankan Perpsective!

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 …

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The view from Malawi

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 …

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Impacts of climate change felt by tea producers

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 …

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Increasing sustainable tea production in Uganda

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 …

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Plant Protection Code: A landmark development for Indian Tea Industry

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 …

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The 4th Wave

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 …

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New Year Roundup for the Year of the Horse

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 …

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