Helping smallholder tea farmers, Malawi

April 2013. The rainy season has just finished in Malawi and the country is looking surprisingly green and lush. For most tea farmers in this southern African country, the plucking season is now coming to an end and they will …

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My first trip to China: The tip of the iceberg!

This week, I returned from an eye-opening trip to China.  Having recently added China to my regional portfolio, it was a fantastic opportunity to see first-hand how and why the tea industry in China operates so differently from other regions. …

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Building coalitions for change

Over the last 15 years the Ethical Tea Partnership has been behind all manner of projects, helping to improve the lives of people working on tea estates.

Today we announce our latest initiative, without doubt one of the most challenging …

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What does it take to improve smallholder livelihoods?

This question is one of the main reasons that I am in Indonesia at the moment and I have had many different answers.

As I described in my previous blog, in West Sumatra, part of the answer is more and …

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500,000 new tea bushes ready to be distributed

I have done many new things since I started working at the ETP, but today was the first day I have spent with a Protocol Officer. Tomorrow is an important day for lots of people, including the ETP, as it …

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ETP Chairman, Ian Midgley, speaks at IITC, and gives an overview of the Indian tea sector

A couple of weeks ago, I was a guest of the Indian Tea Association at their biennial convention which brings together producers, packers, researchers and government. My four day total immersion in the world of Indian tea was as educational …

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Spreading integrated pest management, Assam

I recently had the pleasure of travelling with Martin Gibson, Stewardship Director, CropLife Asia, on a work trip to Assam. We were visiting tea estates to get an understanding of the local challenges tea producers face in terms of agricultural …

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Increased resillience to extreme weather

I feel now is a good time to update you about the smallholder project we’re implementing with IDH, the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative, because I can see that our efforts are really beginning to make a difference to some of …

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Climate change training well received by farmers and local communities!

Following our first few training sessions with the ‘lead’ farmers Continue reading

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Growing our influence

I’ve been meaning to write a communications update for some time now to cover a few of the developments that have recently taken place: from new members and projects, to expanding our programmes and partnerships. One thing I really enjoy …

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