• The Long Road to Gaining Social and Environmental Certification

    Posted by Nelia Latief on 17/04/2015

    Travelling long hours on the sometimes rough rocky terrain from the new Kualanamu International Airport is mandatory if you’re to reach the cooler altitude of Simalungun sub district in North Sumatra. Bah Butong tea estate, which we’ve been supporting to get Rainforest Alliance certified, is part of the 6000 hectares of state ownership of PT. Perkebunan Nusantara IV that owns READ MORE

  • Gender Issues: How Coffee Compares to Tea

    Posted by janenyambura on 13/03/2015

    At the end of last month I went on a fantastic trip to Uganda where I met coffee growers at a workshop organised by ETP member Mars Drinks and the Coffee Quality Initiative, that was looking at ways to empower female farmers and change their lives for the better. The workshop was of great interest to me/ETP to get an READ MORE

  • Empowering Girls and Young Women in Assam

    Posted by Ms. Tilumoni Gogoi. Project Coordinator, Child Protection on 09/03/2015

    Gender discrimination towards young girls and women in India has been well documented in recent years. But as we celebrate and advocate for women’s rights across the world today (Sunday 8 March), an inspiring adolescent girls’ programme taking place in the heart of Assam’s tea communities is one of the key ways that young girls are being given the chance READ MORE

  • Hear How Kenya’s Largest Tea Producer is Empowering Women Tea Workers

    Posted by Seth Agala, Head of Training, KTDA on 06/03/2015

    Pearls of feminine laughter can be heard echoing in the valleys of the lush green tea bushes in the tea-growing areas in Kenya. Women hard at work, bracing the biting morning chill that has their bones rattling but their spirits unwavering to complete the tea-plucking task before the sunrays become unbearably hot. With their baskets securely latched on their backs, READ MORE

  • Improving Health and Nutrition in Tea Communities, Uganda

    Posted by heleen on 05/03/2015

    It’s been a year now since I travelled to the most western part of Uganda, near the Congolese border, and visited tea workers in their home environments. People were cooking on open fires, children were playing around in the red sand, cooking pots and plates were drying in the sun. The land in that region is almost exclusively used for READ MORE

  • Mars Ambassador Program and Ethical Tea Partnership

    Posted by Sam Veide on 23/02/2015

    Seven years ago, Mars, Incorporated launched the Mars Ambassador Program (MAP), as a way for us to make a difference to people and the planet through mutually beneficial, hands-on experiences that we call “MAP Assignments.”  Working with non-profit partner organisations in countries around the world, our Mars Ambassador Program connects our Associates directly with organisations around the world that support READ MORE

  • Growing Better Livelihoods – Part 2

    Posted by fnamara on 08/01/2015

    At the end of 2014 I told the story of Peter Machozi in the first part of my blog Growing Better Livelihoods. In it Peter explains how the processing factory he works for has given workers small plots of land (kitchen back yard gardens) to grow crops. The produce he grows provides food for his family’s consumption and some extra READ MORE

  • Growing Better Livelihoods – Part 1

    Posted by fnamara on 17/12/2014

    Part of my role at ETP is supporting the Ugandan tea industry to improve the lives and livelihoods of those who produce tea, focusing on the Mpanga and Rwenzori processing factories. A key part of this has been helping workers and smallholders to increase their family income and wellbeing by concentrating on three areas: nutrition, improved fuel saving stoves, and READ MORE