• New Year Roundup for the Year of the Horse

    Posted by amanda on 31/01/2014

    Greetings from the ETP China desk, and of course, Happy Chinese New Year! Here in water-logged England, we welcome the year of the fiery wood horse as it chases out that pesky water snake.  Tea producers will be pleased to learn that the wood horse bodes well for agriculture, and as always, we’ll be working hard this year to ensure READ MORE

  • Promising Start to New Farmer Field Schools in Uganda

    Posted by heleen on 30/01/2014

    While smallholder farmers play an increasingly important role in world tea production many in Uganda struggle to make a decent living from tea. Evaluations from Kenya have shown that one of the best ways to help tea-farming communities is through using Farmer Field Schools (FFS). FFSs have been used in Kenya for years and now support around 600,000 smallholder farmers READ MORE

  • Living wage in the tea industry – from contested concept to positive action

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 22/11/2013

    The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) exists to improve the lives of tea workers and farmers and we run all sorts of programmes and projects to support this objective. Tea is one of the most intensively certified commodities with many producers carrying multiple accreditations, yet despite all this effort, it is a sector where concerns continue to be raised about low READ MORE

  • A new wave of Emerging Leaders in Kenyan tea communities

    Posted by janenyambura on 14/11/2013

    In Kenya and across East Africa poverty, job insecurity, alcoholism, and low levels of education have negative impacts on rural communities. Farmers, workers, and community leaders can live in hopelessness and feel powerless to change the situation. Such situations have also had a negative impact on the younger generation who have been put off tea farming because their parents’ financial READ MORE

  • India: New Staff & New Programmes

    Posted by sharmadiya on 28/10/2013

    The tea industry in India is going through an exciting period of change at the moment, as sustainability initiatives enter the mainstream of the Indian domestic market after years of focus on the export sector. In July, Sarah joined me and 800 other people in Kolkata for the launch of the India Sustainable Tea Programme. The program is a partnership READ MORE

  • Swimming in the sun to the Yorkshire Tea Bag Band

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 07/10/2013

    Before I joined the ETP, tea did not feature particularly heavily in my life. Nowadays, not only is it the focus of my working hours, but tea-growing countries tend to feature heavily in family holiday destinations.  Also, my friends now know much more than they probably ever expected (wanted?) to about the history of tea and the issues facing the READ MORE

  • Tea Estates See Bumper Returns After Investing in Worker Empowerment

    Posted by aroscoe on 02/10/2013

    About the project: The Plantation Community Empowerment Project was carried out from 2008 to 2011 with funding from the European Union and in collaboration with the Ethical Tea Partnership.  Research and advocacy, including the development of the business case, were sponsored by the UK Department for International Development. CARE International has written about the business case for empowering women producers READ MORE

  • ETP-trained factories win M&S Plan A Awards

    Posted by Rachel Cracknell on 18/09/2013

    Last Tuesday myself, Jane, Wagurah, and Dushy and the Sri Lankan delegation attended the M&S Plan A conference in Nairobi, which highlighted all the great work taking place to address sustainability in the M&S supply chain. ETP has been involved in this through the expansion of our highly successful climate change adaptation program to three M&S factories and a coffee READ MORE