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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Empowering female workers

As I travel through Kenya, it’s clear to see that inequalities still exist between men and women both at home and in the work place. To address this situation we’re running a training programme that raises awareness about gender issues …

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Taking in the wildlife

Indonesian tea plantations employ thousands of people, provide an income for half a million smallholders, and interestingly are home to more than 400 different birds species. I know the last fact because I recently visited the tea estate at the …

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Kenya Study Tour Part 2: Seeing is believing!

I am here in the salubrious climate of Kericho, Kenya along with a team of 19 other Sri Lankans consisting of Producers, CEO’s, Trade Unionists, and NGO’s all connected with the tea industry. We’re here to learn about the different …

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Kenya Study Tour Part 1: Arriving in Nairobi

The participants of the 10-day study tour to Kenya arrived at the Nairobi airport on 31st August. The excitement was almost contagious during the long drive to the hotel, with participants chatting about what they would learn and what …

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