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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Good tea starts in the field

Since 2010 Ethical Tea Partnership and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative have been working together on a multi-stakeholder project to help 1,000 Indonesian smallholder farmers to make a sustainable living from tea.

Presented with a range of problems (small plots, …

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ETP staff hit the road in 2012

We are only a couple of weeks into 2012 and already the ETP staff are racking up the miles.

Our two African staff, Jane and Wagurah are both in Uganda at the moment travelling with staff from ETP member companies …

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Developing our programmes in China

I was very happy to welcome Liz Smedley, ETP’s UK based China advisor to China recently. I’ve been working as the ETP Regional Manager in China since 2007, focusing on helping tea producers to engage with the ethical requirements of …

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Successful climate change training in Kenya

A few weeks ago I travelled to Kenya where we are delivering a climate change adaptation project in partnership with GIZ (the German Development Agency). The goal of the project is to train approximately 10,000 vulnerable Kenyan smallholder farmers in …

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A Trip with a Minister!

I have always been intrigued by one our member’s company name, The Republic of Tea. I thought it both unusual and creative, and one that was full of promise. My intrigue was further fuelled when I learned in August that …

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