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.

Key Achievements

  • 350,000

    tree seedlings grown and 245,000 tea plants planted

    overseen by 27 farmer groups from Mulanje and Thyolo

  • 8

    Tree nurseries received in-depth business coaching

    to enable a transition to mini-enterprises

  • 9,931

    Fuel-efficient cookstoves produced by tea farmers

    of which 7,688 have been sold within tea communities

  • 300

    Farmers (61% women) trained on beekeeping and honey sales

    to provide a meaningful contribution to household incomes

  • 4,660

    Solar products purchased by tea farmers

    Rolling out solar lights to tea farmers using revolving funds set up by Taylors of Harrogate and The Ringtons Tea Growing Community Trust Fund

Timeline of Activities

  • 2016 - 2017

    TAML visits Kenya to learn about energy efficiency; energy efficiency analysis at estates

  • 2017

    Start of cookstove production and tree nursery programmes with farmers, as well as first solar light loans

  • 2017

    Climate impact maps of key tea growing regions developed

  • 2018

    Start of beekeeping programme for farmers, including forest management training

  • 2019

    Scoping and mapping of Mulanje landscape initiative

  • 2020

    Signing of MoU for multistakeholder Mulanje Landscape Initiative and fundraising for future programming

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