• 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

  • Thoughts from India

    Posted by Ian Midgley on 21/10/2014

    Standing in a field near Digboi in Upper Assam last week, I felt like I had finally reached the last link of the supply chain that joins tea growers in India to tea drinkers in the West. The field belonged to a smallholder farmer who had replanted with tea some years before having previously been a rice grower. With prices READ MORE

  • Giving children a platform to grow and develop

    Posted by Anuradha on 25/09/2014

    During the years I spent working for UNICEF in India I had the opportunity to visit a number of tea communities to see what life was really like for the children and their families living there. On these visits I would often sit in on the adolescent girl groups as it was the best way to get a true picture READ MORE

  • Improving the lives of thousands of children living in Assam

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 24/09/2014

    I’m really pleased to announce a ground-breaking new partnership between Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and UNICEF that will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people living in tea communities in Assam, and reduce their vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking. Indian tea is crucial to most tea blends and Assam is a key region, important to both the READ MORE

  • Health and safety continues to improve in Sri Lanka

    Posted by Dushy Perera on 12/09/2014

    I was privileged to be invited by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to give a lecture on Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Standards required for Planation Certification at their Headquarters in Colombo last Friday (5th September 2014). My talk was part of the Advanced Certificate Course in OSH for the Plantation Sector. Participants are from Regional Planation READ MORE

  • TEAM UP 2014 – A Sri Lankan Perpsective!

    Posted by mohanm on 31/07/2014

    Two days of constant face-to-face interaction and intense dialogue at Vinopolis in London with the key players in the global tea supply chain, all present under one roof was a profitable and a valuable learning experience for us. It also gave us the opportunity of meeting many old friends in tea and meeting new ones. The bonding and spirit during READ MORE

  • The view from Malawi

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 10/06/2014

    The past couple of weeks have been tumultuous ones for Malawi. I am here with ETP’s African team,  international buyers and retailers of Malawian tea, and one of ETP’s key development partners, IDH –the Sustainable Trade Initiative. This is a trip that has been long planned but we came close to cancelling it due to concerns that violence would erupt READ MORE