[This story references sexual and gender-based violence that some may find distressing.]
Smallholder farmers and informal workers play a vital role in tea supply chains – and in Kenya, the majority are women.
Their work is informal, which means they are more likely to face low incomes, poor working conditions, and lack access to essential public services. Rates of violence against women in Kenya’s smallholder tea sector are also high.
To change this, ETP is partnering with ActionAid, Taylors of Harrogate, Lavazza Professional and the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) in a three-year pilot. Empowering Tea Communities in Kenya (Jan 2022 – Dec 2024) is supporting smallholder farmers and informal workers in three tea growing regions in Kenya – Meru, Nakuru and Murang’a counties – with a special focus on women, children, and people marginalised within their communities.