Although tea sector jobs in Malawi are considered good, paying more than the Malawi national average and providing a range of benefits, living standards for tea workers are poor. Smallholder tea farmers in Malawi also struggle to make a decent living from tea – making it hard for them to provide for their families.
How ETP is Helping
The Malawi 2020 Tea Revitalisation Programme (Malawi 2020) has been developed in response to concerns about low wages and poor living conditions in the Malawi tea sector.
Together with the Tea Association of Malawi (TAML), Oxfam, IDH (the Sustainable Trade Initiative), and GIZ (German Development Agency), we’re leading a coalition of stakeholders from across the entire tea value chain to create a competitive Malawian tea industry where workers earn a living wage and smallholders are thriving.
During the build up to the TEAM UP 2015 tea sustainability conference, all key value chain stakeholders of the Malawi tea industry signed an MoU committing their support to the Malawi 2020 plan, which was officially launched at the conference.
The programme, which is the first of its kind in the tea industry, aims to deliver six key outcomes:
- An industry that is investing in its future and its workforce
- Significant improvement in wages and benefits for workers – supply chain commitment to a living wage by 2020
- Improvements in smallholder farming practices, yields, quality, income, and income diversification
- A healthier, motivated, and productive workforce, with greater opportunities for women
- An improved wage-setting process with greater worker representation
- Sustainable energy use and improved environment