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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Promising Start to New Farmer Field Schools in Uganda

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 …

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Living wage in the tea industry – from contested concept to positive action

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 …

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A new wave of Emerging Leaders in Kenyan tea communities

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 …

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India: New Staff & New Programmes

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 …

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Swimming in the sun to the Yorkshire Tea Bag Band

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 …

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Tea Estates See Bumper Returns After Investing in Worker Empowerment

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 …

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ETP-trained factories win M&S Plan A Awards

Last Tuesday myself, Jane, Wagurah, and Dushy and the Sri Lankan delegation attended the M&S Plan A conference in Nairobi, which highlighted all the great work taking place to address sustainability in the M&S supply chain. ETP has been involved …

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Kenya Study Tour Part 3: A Wealth of information

If you’ve been reading this series of posts then you’ll know that key figures from the Sri Lankan tea industry had been touring Kenya on a mission to learn about best practices in tea sustainability. As part of the trip …

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