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
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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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ETP member gives advice on leaf quality to Indonesian smallholders

I recently visited the ETP smallholder project attached to the Danau Kembar estate in Sumatra, Indonesia. I was following the footsteps of Dushy, ETP’s Regional Manager for Sri Lanka, who had visited the month before. The drive from Padang to …

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Climate programmes developing at a pace

I have recently returned from a fantastic trip to Kenya to oversee activities on our climate change program. With three climate change projects running in Kenya, and with plans of scaling up this work to other tea growing countries, I …

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My first impressions and the road ahead

How time flies, give or take a few weeks summer vacation and the small matter of the Olympics here in London and I will have been Chairman for just about a full year, so a good moment to reflect on …

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Improving health and safety in Indian tea supply chains

My colleague Ranjan and I recently spent a few days on a tea estate in Assam with two of them dedicated to training 25 deputy and assistant estate managers on Occupational Health & Safety (OHS).

This trip was particularly special …

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A ready supply of tea bushes

I recently returned from a successful trip to Indonesia where I’m working closely with my colleague Nelia on the ETP / IDH smallholder project. The project is helping smallholder farmers to improve the productivity of their plots with the aim …

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