The Ethical Tea Partnership is partnering with ActionAid to empower tea farming communities in Kenya. Together, we will work to improve the working environment for tea farmers and tea workers, including the most marginalised, women and children.
With support from its member companies Taylors of Harrogate and Lavazza, this three-year collaboration (Jan 2022 – Dec 2024) will empower smallholder farmers and informal workers in three tea growing communities in Kenya.
Together the Ethical Tea Partnership and ActionAid will consult farmers and workers to understand the issues they face and the impact of industry practices on their lives.
We will also work directly with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency (KTDA) and other stakeholders to improve policies and working practices in the industry.
Whilst 80% of programme participants will be women, we will also engage men to be allies in all aspects of the programme.
In partnership we will:
Build an environment where human rights are upheld, protected, and respected.
- Work to put better policies in place across the tea sector to ensure farmers earn fair pay and conditions.
- Support farmers and workers to become champions to advocate for their rights.
- Establish a platform for dialogue with key industry and government stakeholders so that farmers and workers can raise issues and concerns and plan together to make improvements.
Support women as they work to claim their right to freedom from violence.
- Support the formation of women’s groups to amplify women’s voices and to support women to challenge gender norms.
- Challenge gender-based violence and support survivors of violence to access essential services and legal aid.
- Establish a platform for dialogue with local government to advance women’s land rights, which are essential for raising women’s status.
- Train tea industry management to improve working practices and tackle gender-based violence.
Improve the livelihoods for smallholder farmers and informal workers.
- Support smallholder farmers and informal workers to diversify their incomes through access to entrepreneurship training and finance.
Improve access to essential public services for tea workers and their families, including water, housing, health care and education.
- Support Groups with training and skills so that they can hold local governments accountable for their commitments.
Through this partnership we will establish 45 Solidarity groups across the 3 communities and train 1,350 Rights Champions, 80% of whom will be women. These Rights Champions will help improve the lives of 22,000 farmers and workers and their families.
Together, we will also bring about structural change within the Kenyan tea sector by influencing policy changes that will have a positive impact on approximately 600,000 small-scale farmers and 300,000 informal tea workers in Kenya.