Providing local tea farmers with the tools and training required to improve their tea yields

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Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje is in southern Malawi, directly in the center of the country’s tea growing region. Harris Freeman’s UK Division, Keith Spicer, sources tea from this region for a major UK retailer. In an effort to provide the local tea farmers with the tools and training required to improve their tea yields and generate a sustainable income, the Harris Freeman Foundation & the retailer launched the SUKESA project in 2013.

How we helped

We partnered with the local tea farmers association; the Sukambizi Association Trust (SAT), which is a collective of smallholder farmers and Lujeri Tea Estate, one of the main processors of black tea in Malawi.

Together, we:

  • Built 3 nurseries through which cuttings from the latest tea plants (purchased from the Malawi Tea Research Foundation) could be nurtured and then sold at cost to the smallholder farmers
  • Trained 72 lead farmers and imparted over 2,300 hours of training to smallholders on the latest tea husbandry techniques
  • Created 9 demonstration plots, in which the best plantation management practices are showcased for smallholder farmers to learn from
  • Combined, these nurseries, training sessions, and demonstration plots have helped us to distribute 3.2 million plants and train over 10,000 farmers.
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