Rainforest Alliance Field Study: Kenyan Tea


Rainforest Alliance has been working with UK-based research and consulting firm Ergon Associates (Ergon) and Nairobi-based Locals to gain a deeper understanding of current practices and challenges among certified tea producers in Kenya.

A study was conducted with twelve RA certificate holders and sought to identify barriers in transitioning to the 2020 Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The areas examined included:

  • The Impacts of transition to mechanized harvesting;
  • employment terms and conditions;
  • women, discrimination, and gender-based violence and harassment;
  • wage levels and payment practices; occupational health and safety;
  • housing and living conditions;
  • and operational grievance and remedy mechanisms.

Two main areas of attention were identified: progress towards a living wage for tea workers, and the need for stronger systems to address gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH).

Ergon produced several recommendations for industry stakeholders based on validation workshops that took place in May 2022.

Read the full report here.