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Malawi 2020 – Revitalising the Malawi Tea Industry
18th December 2014
We’re co-ordinating a large-scale programme in partnership with Oxfam, the Tea Association of Malawi, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and GIZ to revitalise the Malawian tea sector. The objective is to achieve a competitive industry where workers earn a living wage and smallholders are thriving.
Mitigating climate change in the tea sector
1st April 2014
The manual provides a set of tools and resources to support the tea sector, particularly tea factories and tea farmers, in addressing climate change mitigation and lowering their carbon emissions. The manual was produced in close association with Rainforest Alliance and FLO-CERT as part of a project funded by International Trade Centre (a joint agency between World Trade Organization and United Nations).
ETP Global Standard
13th January 2014
The ETP Global Standard outlines the international social and environmental criteria that producers are measured against. The social and labour provisions are based on the Ethical Trade Initiative base code which covers all relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) core conventions.
A Different Cup of Tea: The Business Case for Empowering Workers in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector
2nd October 2013
We worked closely with CARE International and successfully implemented Community Development Forums (CDFs) on tea estates. These ‘mini-parliaments’ allow development priorities and labour conditions to be negotiated and decided in a transparent way between workers, management, and other parties.
An independent assessment by the New Economics Foundation showed a 1:26 return on investment for estates, plus additional gains for workers and the community. The report identifies the business case for CDFs.
Introducing the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)
1st October 2013
In this issue we look at our work with Oxfam on wages, give an update on our Indonesian smallholder project with IDH, and highlight how our climate change programmes are developing in East Africa amongst other things.
Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, Indonesia
12th August 2013
We’re partnering with IDH on a three-year project to help more than 1,000 smallholder farmers from West Java and West Sumatra to make better livings from tea. The report explains how through training on good practice farming and increased cooperative support, the project is helping to raise smallholder plot productivity, leaf quality, and access to international markets. It also provides insight from the project team.
Understanding Wage Issues in the Tea Industry
1st May 2013
The report assesses the pay and benefits of workers on tea plantations in Malawi, India and Indonesia, identifies the systemic problems that are locking in low wages, wages that are often less than what is needed to cover households’ basic needs, and most importantly, outlines how the project participants will use their various spheres of influence to bring new organisations into the project and develop action plans to tackle the issues raised.
An industry in transition (Sri Lanka)
11th March 2013
A report that highlights the emerging threats and opportunities faced by the Sri Lankan tea industry, focusing on plantation communities, and outlining options for addressing the challenges. The report is based on a multi stakeholder discussion convened by the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and CARE Sri Lanka, and facilitated by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA).
Adapting to climate change manual
6th March 2013
The ETP and GIZ have produced a free training manual to help smallholder farmers increase their resilience to climate change. The manual shows good practice farming methods and has been designed for KTDA (Kenya Tea Development Agency) training staff that work directly with farmers to change practices and increase resilience. The manual is part of a wider 3-year project to help more than 50,000 farmers in Kenya.
Promoting fairer working environments, Kenya
30th May 2012
Harassment and discrimination are hard to identify and address through traditional monitoring and auditing. The case study describes ETP’s experience of rolling out ETI’s Supervisor Management Training programme to promote equal treatment in the workplace, and reduce discrimination and abusive behaviour in Kenyan factories.
Instilling good practice: Strategic partnerships to build capacity, India
This case study outlines how ETP’s partnerships with expert organisations in India has enabled the roll-out of training on health and safety and environmental management, two key areas covered by the ETP Global Standard that many producers struggle with. It also highlights ETP’s work with the Nature Conservation Foundation aimed at resolving conflicts between workers and endangered Asian elephants on Assam tea estates.
Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, Indonesia
In Indonesia many smallholder farmers struggle to make a living from tea due to issues with leaf quality, low yields and inefficient organisational support. ETP’s three year partnership with IDH (the Dutch government funded Sustainable Trade Initiative) aims to address these issues, and to raise awareness of the social and environmental standards expected by western markets and certification programmes.
Securing tea supply and livelihoods: Adapting to climate change, Kenya
Over the coming decades climate change will affect where and how tea is grown. In Kenya smallholders are particularly vulnerable, and for this reason, ETP and GIZ (the German Development Agency) have developed a three-year partnership to assist 50,000 farmers to adapt.
The case study outlines how climate change will affect the suitability for growing tea in various regions of Kenya, and explores how collaboration between organisations and the building of adaption capacity will increase smallholder resilience to such changes.
Ethical Tea Partnership Overview
7th July 2011
Find out more about Ethical Tea Partnership, what we do and some of our latest sustainability projects.
Climate change report from Kericho
20th June 2011
On the 16 May Ethical Tea Partnership and the German Development Agency (GIZ) gave an overview of their 3 year public private partnership to support approximately 10,000 vulnerable farmers. Over 60 representatives of tea producers, tea buyers, Kenyan Government officials, tea institutions, NGOs and development organisations met in Kericho to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with climate change adaptation in the Kenyan tea sector.