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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Reflecting on new resource materials…

I’ve just returned from holiday in the Lake District where I took part in a running event with friends. Since we were travelling all the way from Brighton, we thought it prudent to make a holiday of it and ended …

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Building a coalition to address low wages in the tea industry

When I picked up my Sunday newspaper this weekend, two stories jumped out at me. The headline on the front page was ‘The scale of low pay in Britain is a national scandal’ and highlighted that the Archbishop of York …

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Shaping the future

In two weeks time, 100 people involved in shaping a sustainable tea sector will be meeting in London for the TEAM UP event that ETP and IDH are hosting on June 18th. With thoughtful people from throughout the supply chain …

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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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