Tea is important – why?
Over 20 million people in the developing world are reliant on the tea industry. 10% of Kenya’s population (or 3.8 million) is employed in the tea sector
Within the tea trade, smallholder tea farmers and workers benefit the least.
- Many have extremely hard lives, which are physically demanding, with low levels of pay.
- Tea estate workers can be totally dependent on the estates for wages, healthcare, schooling and sanitation leaving them with little control over their lives.
- Smallholder tea growers often have no choice but to sell their tea through middlemen with little bargaining power to earn a better price.
- Tea prices fluctuate leaving growers vulnerable.
Could you support these workers by buying one of Traidcraft’s wide range of high quality teas?