• ETP member gives advice on leaf quality to Indonesian smallholders

    Posted by Seb Michaelis, Tea Buyer, Tata Global Beverages on 19/09/2012

    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 the factory brings you through some stunning rainforest broken by the occasional roadside waterfall; a welcome change from the warehouse READ MORE

  • Climate programmes developing at a pace

    Posted by Rachel Cracknell on 30/08/2012

    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 was excited to see how things were progressing. A key to success in our existing programmes is the support and READ MORE

  • My first impressions and the road ahead

    Posted by Ian Midgley on 20/06/2012

    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 progress. It’s only right to begin with a big thank you to everyone involved with the ETP – members, staff, READ MORE

  • Improving health and safety in Indian tea supply chains

    Posted by sharmadiya on 28/03/2012

    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 for me as it was my first time on a tea estate. Having joined Ranjan Circar (Regional Manager, India) in READ MORE

  • A ready supply of tea bushes

    Posted by Dushy Perera on 09/02/2012

    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 of improving their livelihoods from tea. The cooperative that we’re focusing on is located in Western Sumatra, near to the READ MORE

  • Good tea starts in the field

    Posted by Nelia Latief on 06/02/2012

    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, remote locations, limited knowledge of good agricultural practice and a lack of finance for input materials) that can adversely affect READ MORE

  • ETP staff hit the road in 2012

    Posted by Sarah Roberts on 12/01/2012

    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 and supporting producers to meet international standards. They’ll be returning to Kenya for another ‘train the trainer’ workshop for the READ MORE

  • Developing our programmes in China

    Posted by Hubert on 21/12/2011

    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 international buyers and to assist them in raising their standards. Although I speak to Liz several times a week, the READ MORE