Pillar 2: A motivated workforce with better opportunities for women
Promoting gender equality is a priority under the Malawi Tea 2020 programme. TAML and tea producers have been addressing issues of sexual harassment and discrimination by increasing employee’s awareness and understanding of their rights.
Worker wages are set through the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and the wages are assessed by an independent wages committee, highlighting the gap with the living wage after computing the living wage threshold.
The Malawi Tea 2020 programme implements strategies that enable smallholders to have a more sustainable income. This could be through better agricultural practices and land management, diversification of their income base, or business skills development.
Pillar 5: An energy efficient and environmentally sustainable industry
The programme supported the industry on climate change adaptation, tree production, beekeeping, and increased availability of fuel efficient cookstoves. In addition, a multi-stakeholder Mulanje landscape initiative has started.