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Producer and smallholder farmer case studies

  • How collective bargaining impacts individual workers

    The Malawi tea industry’s first-ever collective bargaining agreement makes important strides towards living wage for workers A living wage for tea workers is one of the core goals of the…

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    How collective bargaining impacts individual workers
  • Promoting gender equality

    TAML introduces Malawi tea’s first sector-wide gender policy and training, helping build a motivated workforce with better opportunities for women In 2015, when the Tea Association of Malawi (TAML)…

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    Promoting gender equality
  • Vegetables and fortified maize redefine power lunches

    Improved nutrition of tea workers leads to better health and productivity for a more motivated workforce Many tea workers in Malawi, especially tea pluckers, come from poverty-stricken homes. This makes…

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    Vegetables and fortified maize redefine power lunches
  • Irrigation helps achieve sustainability

    The Thyolo Dam project is part of Malawi Tea 2020’s ambition to create a more profitable tea sector Satemwa, a small family-owned business in Malawi, is one of the most…

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    Irrigation helps achieve sustainability
  • Members of Umodzi workers VSLA preparing for share-out [Credit ETP]

    How VSLAs can uplift people’s lives

    Mary Khotiwa went from struggling to saving to successfully growing her business, showing how Village Savings and Loan Associations support a profitable smallholder sector. VSLAs increase incomes – the case…

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    How VSLAs can uplift people’s lives
  • Tasankha tea nursery’s first forays into the business world

    Funds for farmer-run nurseries to help develop a profitable smallholder sector In December 2017, 25 tea farmers under Sukambizi Association Trust set up Tasankha tea nursery with a view to…

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    Tasankha tea nursery’s first forays into the business world
  • Farmer Field School: Better health from improved nutrition

    Learning about good agricultural and dietary practices transformed life for Ethel Benda and her family, showing how Farmer Field Schools contribute to a profitable smallholder sector Before joining the Farmer…

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    Farmer Field School: Better health from improved nutrition
  • Biofuel and solar power spark savings

    Energy-efficient investments are a win­–win for estates and workers and support an environmentally sustainable industry Since its inception, the Malawi Tea 2020 programme has been dedicated to securing a living…

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    Biofuel and solar power spark savings
  • ETP visiting a tree nursery to check up on progress [Credit: ETP]

    Sustainable timber supports both forests and farmers

    On Malawi’s tea estates, planting trees fosters environmental sustainability, boosts tea production, and improves the lives of tea farmers The symbiotic relationship between Malawi’s tea estates, their neighbouring communities,…

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    Sustainable timber supports both forests and farmers
  • Cookstove firing at Chigwirizano production group

    From cookstoves to electricity

    Tea farmer Aubrey Tungama combines entrepreneurship and financial savvy to contribute to an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable industry Aubrey Tungama is a tea farmer in Malawi. He is chairman…

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    From cookstoves to electricity

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