IDH works in 18 commodities amongst which cocoa, cotton, cashew and soy. IDH has been working in the tea sector since 2009.
IDH and its Global Tea Programme
The IDH Tea Program promotes sustainable tea production in Africa and Asia, and sustainable procurement in Western Europe and Asia. It is a cooperation of Europe and Asia's largest tea packers, and the most important certifiers and NGO's in the sector.
The IDH Tea Program aims to upscale and embed sustainable tea production and consumption . The program is targeting both export markets (mainly in East-Africa) and (Asian) domestic markets. It attributes first hand experience with up scaling of both certification and farmer field school extension model in East-Africa. Furhermore it's innovative in having a locally driven sustainability approach in Asian markets with a focus on embedding the initiatives in national governments.
Watch an animated overview of the IDH tea program:
This animation shows the main elements of the IDH tea program, the progress made and some issues that still need to be solved.
The IDH Tea Program faces a number of challenges, ranging from the task of connecting thousands of small producers to the supply chains of multinational tea companies, to improving the living and working conditions of small scale tea producers and tea workers.
Among the challenges at farmer level are:
Improving good agricultural practices of small scale tea producers
Improving the relationship between small scale tea producers and processing factories
Increasing farmer net income
Reversing deforestation and forest degradation
Decreasing water usage
Improving working conditions
Analyzing business cases for sustainable tea production.