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.
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.
By increasing farmers tea farming knowledge, incomes, ability to diversify and savings opportunities, as well as helping them develop improved business skills, we are improving their lives and longer-term prospects...
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.
Together with ActionAid, we will work to improve the working environment for tea farmers and tea workers, including the most marginalised, women and children.
From 2019 to 2021, our programme improved safety and created positive opportunities for women, and specifically workers hired by smallholder farmers, as these women are typically most vulnerable...
The tea industry is a major employer in Kenya, with three million people working in the sector.
There are around 650,000 small-scale tea farmers in Kenya. Climate change effects such as rising temperatures, droughts, frosts, shifting and unpredictable weather patterns as well as changes in pests and diseases threaten tea production.
In Kenya, a new, more progressive and robust constitution was introduced in 2010 which took significant steps towards ensuring greater equality for women and children.
Five per cent of global tea production originates from Sri Lanka, where the tea industry employs nearly one million people and contributes $1.5 billion to the country’s economy.