ETP report: Indonesia tea sector study

Tea as a commodity is one of the major contributors to the Indonesian economy. It acts as a source of farmers’ income and provides employment to roughly 180,000 workers. It also acts as a crucial source of foreign exchange for the country and encourages regional development and environmental conservation.

Although tea cultivation in Indonesia has expanded, the tea plantation area in Indonesia has been declining since 2000, and in 2020 only 112,307 hectares remained. This has greatly impacted livelihoods in tea growing areas.

At the Ethical Tea Partnership, we are creating a fairer, more sustainable tea industry for tea workers, farmers and their families as well as the environment. ETP recognises that it is uniquely positioned to convene the tea industry to catalyse transformational change for tea communities in tea growing regions.

As such, ETP commissioned Vriens Partners to produce a sector study of tea in Indonesia. The study illustrates the complex barriers and challenges of the tea industry in Indonesia and presents key findings across three thematic areas in tea – economics, equality, and environment. The study is accompanied by recommendations for strengthening the ETP's presence in Indonesia. 

Read the full report here. 

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