What we do
Our aim is to drive forward long-term, systemic change across three thematic areas in tea – economics, equality and environment. As well as our programmes across Africa and Asia, ETP also leads the sustainability agenda through piloting business innovations and influencing policy.
Our far-reaching programmes across Africa and Asia address complex and systemic issues affecting tea communities and the environment in which tea is grown. We work to better the lives and incomes of tea workers, farmers and their families.
The global COVID-19 pandemic poses severe threats to tea farmers, workers and their families. Vulnerable tea communities need our support more than ever.
India produces over a fifth of the world’s tea and Indian tea is crucial to most tea blends. Two million people work in the Indian tea industry – the majority on tea estates. Assam is a key tea growing region in the North East of India, and nearly 20% of its population live and work in tea communities.
India produces over a fifth of the world’s tea every year, and two million people in the country work in the industry. Assam is a key tea growing region – with tea communities making up nearly 20% of the state’s population.
Our programme aims to improve the diets of tea workers, farmers and their families in Kenya, Malawi and Assam State in India.
Kuwala (‘Shine’): economic empowerment programmeNamed after the Chichewa word for ‘shine’, our Kuwala programme supports workers through community savings groups…
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, and most of the population live in rural areas. Tea is one of the country’s most important industries and main export crops. Tea is Malawi’s biggest employer, with 50,000 people working in the sector.
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, with 67% of the population living in what the World Bank defines as extreme poverty. Access to healthcare and education is limited, and only 66% of people over 15 years old can read. In Malawi there are over 16,500 small-scale tea farmers, many of whom need our support.
Tea is crucial to Malawi’s economy: over 68,000 people work in the industry, and it is the country’s fourth main export. Climate change is affecting how and where tea can be grown in Malawi.